We greet the world with our faces, tilting up to feel the sun, turning out to sing to the sea, unmasked to smile at each other. In many Indigenous artworks, we often see faces. In these, lantern artworks, these are the faces of loved ones, of familiar guardians. We also see how these human faces are entangled in harmony with nature.
As humans, we are but small living beings in this free-sprawling land. But nature has always embraced us with love, peace, and hope. We come from nature, and return to it. So come with us, and let’s get Lost in Nature.
Culture is a part of us, and a part of our art. The lanterns displayed in the heart of Vancouver come from the deepest parts of the artists, giving colour to the culture they grew up with, and the serendipitous connections to other cultures.
We all live and experience life in different ways, shaped by our childhoods, cultural traditions, and changing surroundings. When we come together and share stories, we are creating new ways to see the world, new worlds to discover. Like Alice, with her innocent curiosity and infinite creativity, let’s follow the rabbits into Our Wonderland.
Life is a gift that keeps on giving, with continuous cycles that allow us to learn new things and grow with each day. Can you find the thread that links us together within these lantern artworks?
We are connected to our past and our future all at once. Like salmon that returns up-river every year for new springs, like the animals in this land that watches over us like family, like the young dancers that spin under the sun with endless hope, we pass on our legacies to curious hands, gifts freely given for the next generation to explore freely in their wildest imaginations. These lanterns remind us of the safety in the certainty that colourful todays end in brighter tomorrows. Join us as we hop onto this brilliant adventure of The Cycle.
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