Flight (Spindle Whorl)
(International Arrivals, Level 3)
NAME: FLIGHT SPINDLE WHORL
Artist: SUSAN A. POINT, Musqueam, 1995
4.8 metres in diameter (16')
Spindle whorls, 15 cm (6 inches) in diameter, were used in the production of yarn for traditional weaving. The artwork is presented in a setting of water and stone, symbolic of this land. "Flight" spindle whorl is the world's largest and relates to the large-scale weavings included in this contemporary art installation. The artwork is presented in a setting of water and stone, symbolic of this land.
The spindle whorl uses traditional images to depict the theme of flight. The eagle, which is considered a symbol of power, is designed around the image of a man whose arms are raised, welcoming visitors and also gesturing flight. On the chests of the men are salmon motifs to represent the Coast Salish people who still live and fish along these shores.