Reconciliation Pole: Bronze Disc Base

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) is pleased to present a short video documenting the Reconciliation Pole: Bronze Disc Base project that the department hosted in the Audain Art Centre last spring.

The project represents the final component of the Reconciliation Pole: Honouring a Time Before, During and After Canada’s Indian Residential Schools (2015-17) by 7idansuu (Edenshaw) James Hart, Haida Hereditary Chief and Master Carver. This collaborative work, located at the south end of Main Mall on UBC’s Point Grey Campus, was raised in 2017.

The final bronze base disc component is a collaborative effort led by James Hart working closely with local artists Richard Campbell (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm | Musequeam) and Max Chickite (Lekwiltok, Kwakwaka’wakw). The artists detailed and carved the design in the undergraduate studios at the Audain Art Centre and then transported the mold to a local foundry for casting into bronze. The disc will be installed at the base of the pole and unveiled at a ceremony in the summer of 2022.

Join us in recognizing the work of the artists and the support of AHVA students, faculty, and staff in realizing the project.

We acknowledge that the creation and presentation of this work took place on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Coast Salish), and sel’il’witulh (Tsleil- Waututh) peoples.