Dance of Eagles: Two cultures, represented by the two eagles,
perfectly balanced on a single wing, and anchored by the stories and wisdom of this ancient land, depicted on the drum.
A repeating theme, and essential to the meaning of this sculpture of Reconciliation is the issue of balance. Balance must be achieved between the cultures before reconciliation can take place.
People will come, drawn to the shape and shadows, and stay to read the story. For inscribed into the drum shaped base will be the story of a people, an ancient and honourable tale of how things used to be.
Dance of Eagles is envisioned at 12 to 16 feet from drum to wing tip.
This sculpture, photographed here as a maquette, would be cast in an enduring metal, most likely bronze. Cost would depend on size, and location.
The drum that forms the base is modelled on the traditional drum used by most communities; and it is IceBear’s intention to have the designs to be inscribed or painted on it created by other indigenous artists working with their own designs to tell the story of their own people. Each segment would be a separate and unique visual story.
A kiosk would be erected near the sculpture describing or translating the meanings of these artworks, and the story of the eagles.
It is the artist's hope to have a book of stories, this history and stories of people from all regions, told in their own words and pictures, to accompany Dance of Eagles.
Art for Truth & recociliation
The sculpture Dance of Eagles has been quietly been worked on over the past three years, since the beginning of the Truth and Reconciliation discussions. It is aboriginal in nature, but contemporary. The artist, like all his people, takes his lessons from Mother Nature, and what Mother Nature says to us. When exhibited in public over the past year, Dance was welcomed and celebrated by aboriginal people, and admired by the mainstream audience.
Dance of Eagles can be the physical evidence that we actually achieved something special and unique, thereby marking this time of Truth and Reconciliation. Even if it never comes to be as a permanent public statement, if its image and story travel far enough, we believe that its message will resonate with people of all cultures, hopefully start some conversations, and result in increased understanding and acceptance.
We are not, at this moment, seeking funds to create a full sized sculpture. The artist believes that if enough people see this, and share it, and if it is meant to be, the funds necessary will find the art.