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Registered: December 2009
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I saw a piece on a recent news of an elm tree by Fort Gibraltar in Saint Boniface that had to be cut down because of elm tree disease. Rather than cutting the tree down completely since there was some historical significance to the 300 year old tree the tree was partially cut down with the balance being sculptured into a piece called We Dream of Flying Canoes as a tribute to the Indigenous people as well as the Metis people.

In the words of the sculptor the Festival du Voyageur has an environment of La Joie de Vivre. He wanted to evoke that sense of youthful play with this sculpture. Inspired by a sense of timeless play while also paying homage to the land upon which the elm stands and canoe iconography, the sculpture will represent the hand of a child just as it begins to throw a canoe into the air. The sculpture will also feature a phosphorescent resin that will glow for hours after sunset and, in recognition of the traditional territorial rights of the Cree and Saulteaux First Nations, the clan totems used to sign the 1817 Selkirk Treaty will be carved into the art piece.

I would say the hand is about 15 feet high and including the canoe maybe 20 feet high.

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Taken September 23, 2017.
· Date: Tue September 26, 2017 · Views: 295 ·
Keywords: Fort Gibraltar, Saint Boniface, David Perrett, elm tree
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D7100
Lens Make / Focal Length: AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
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State / County / Area Image taken: Saint Boniface
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Registered: June 2013
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Tue September 26, 2017 5:26pm

Quite a fascinating sculpture which has saved the tree from being completely destroyed. The use of the canoe is brilliant.

Registered: November 2008
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Sat September 30, 2017 10:57pm

Interesting Jan, Lovely textures in this photo. We have several town here with tree stumps that have been shaped by chainsaw,

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