This work is an outdoor installation set up for the (S)hiver Winter Arts Festival in Dawson City, Yukon, which took place at the end of January. The festival’s mandate is to “bring art and vibrancy to the darkest, coldest month of winter”. Dawson City is a small, gold rush era town just south of the arctic circle in northern Canada.
The mural was conceived during long days of hiking through the wild spaces of the Yukon Territory and dreamt of during nights spent in canvas tents. It is a tribute to the vibrant light and life of a northern summer. The piece was painted in a small cabin on Haida Gwaii, the traditional territory of the Haida nation, and displayed on the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people.