SEAPARC Legacy Sculpture

Chris Paul July 20_17

Artist Chris Paul poses with his sculpture, The Gift of Salmon, at the entrance to SEAPARC.

Unveiled in 2017, The Gift of Salmon stands at the main entrance to the SEAPARC Leisure Centre in Sooke. The sculpture was created by Coast Salish artist, Chris Paul to represent a celebration of place, people, and the power of art to connect across all boundaries, paying tribute to a local legend, “The Transformer and the Blind Old Man“, that explains how our local waters became so bountiful with salmon and other fish.

The project was conceived by the Sooke Fine Arts Society to mark their 30th anniversary of the Sooke Fine Arts Show in 2016 to thank the many volunteers, sponsors, donors and artists who contributed to the show since 1986, as well as arts patrons who have attended the Sooke Fine Arts Show each year.

The sculpture was funded by the Victoria Foundation; the Juan de Fuca Planning Area/CRD; the Province of BC, via a Multiculturalism grant; and by donations from Sooke Fine Arts Society members and community friends.