A sculpture and art installation by internationally acclaimed Haida artist James Hart was recently unveiled at TANU Condos in Port Credit, Mississauga. 

The sculpture is of a Raven, and is located on TANU’s private amenity terrace. It will integrate thematically with the residence, which is named after the eponymous island located in British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii. 

Raven sculpture on amenity terrace of TANU Condos, image courtesy of Edenshaw Developments

“Edenshaw Developments approached me a few years back and asked if I would be interested in creating pieces for Tanu, and of course, I was," said Hart. "The first piece was the bronze Raven, which depicts the face of my mentor and fellow Haida artist, Bill Reid, on its chest. This Raven embodies Reid’s spirit and is a piece I had originally created for the Bill Reid Gallery located in Vancouver, BC, to honour his legacy.”

In addition to the sculpture, a custom windscreen is also part of the art instalment, located adjacent to the entrance of the 15-storey residence. At ground level, the windscreen illustrates across five panels the story of how the Raven stole the world’s first light and bestowed it to humanity. Myriad stories about the Raven have been told for many thousands of years in Haida mythology. 

Windscreen at TANU Condos designed by James Hart, image by Arthur Mola

Edenshaw Developments, is named after Haida Chief and Master Artist, Charles Edenshaw, who was one of the most innovative creators on the Northwest Coast during the turn of the 20th century. Charles Edenshaw is also the great-great grandfather of James Hart – making him the perfect person to complete this art project.

Shadows of windscreen at TANU Condos designed by James Hart, image by Arthur Mola

Edenshaw Development’s President and CEO, David McComb became very familiar with Haida art and culture while living in British Columbia, and was determined that the next condo he developed would be called Tanu, as a tribute to this very special place and its people.

TANU Condos, image by UT Forum contributor jta5

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