Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
11Trip End Oct 09, 2009
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The centrepiece of the museum was 'The Raven and the Clam', a sculpture by Bill Reid. Carved from yellow cedar, it told a story of Creation. A huge flood had covered the face of the earth. When the waters subsided, Raven went walking along the beach. The trickster found a clam shell, full of squirming pink creatures. They were terrified of the light and whatever lay outside their shell. Raven told them tales of the world's wonders, and his golden words enticed the creatures out from the clam shell's shelter. The first humans took their faltering steps into the bright light of the world. The sculpture was housed in a rotunda which had once been a gun tower. An enormous skylight let light flood in to the dark space, a place constructed for death was turned into somewhere to celebrate life. I liked the symbolism, and I liked the sculpture.
In the afternoon we went to Granville Island. This was one of the arty parts of town, and was home to a plethora of art galleries and craft shops. Yachts crowded the marinas, and waterfront cafes and bars looked over towards the downtown towers. Jim and I took an Aquabus around the harbour, shopped for paper and drank British Columbian wine in the sunshine. The evening took us to the bar of the swanky Hotel Vancouver for martinis, then on to Gas Town to explore the city nightlife.