Please join us on Saturday, October 9, from 2:00 – 4:30 pm for a dedication and blessing ceremony for Vereinigung, Connie Watts’ monumental sculpture, permanently installed in the lobby of Harborview Medical Center’s Ninth & Jefferson Building. Created while the artist was recuperating from a brain trauma, the personal totems that make up the artwork played a role in her healing process. Of Nuu-chah-nulth, Glitxsan and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry, Watts’ strong connection to her culture is embodied in her artwork. A resident of Vancouver, she recently served as Project Manager for the Venues Aboriginal Arts Program during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
At the ceremony on October 9th, artistic groups including the Nuu-chah-nulth Cultural Performers from West Vancouver Island and the Coyote Soldier Boys Drum from Seattle will be dancing and singing to celebrate the awakening of the artwork in its new home. The ceremony is free and open to the general public.
The artist donated Vereinigung to 4Culture’s Public Art collection at Harborview Medical Center and worked with 4culture to site and install the artwork. We are proud to honor Connie Watts and this remarkable work at its dedication and blessing.
Photo by Spike Mafford