Artist Terry Horne was at the Chilliwack Visitor Centre on Wednesday with dignitaries and guests for the official announcement of the completion of his two Sto:lo Welcome Figures.
The event was hosted in partnership between Tourism Chilliwack and the Sto:lo Research and Resource Management Centre.
“The goal of this project is to foster relationships between the Sto:lo and other members of the community, beginning at a young age,” said Tourism Chilliwack executive director Allison Colthorp. “By installing hand-carved Sto:lo welcome figures at the visitor centre, we will be able to represent the importance of the Sto:lo to both our community and the visitors who come by our centre.”
The two five-and-a-half-metre tall Welcome Figures were carved onsite out of cedar logs at the Chilliwack Visitor Centre to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, a project funded in part by the Government of Canada.
The two figures, one man and one woman, stand with their hands raised in a gesture of welcome.