Dugout Canoe Project Underway at Exploration Place
Prince George, B.C. – A unique piece of artwork is currently under construction outside Exploration Place.
The Museum has commissioned carver Robert Frederick to complete the Dugout Canoe Project.
The work coincides with the Museum’s ‘Path of the Paddle Exhibit’ which is set for a soft opening on Canada Day tomorrow.
Once complete, the canoe – which will be carved out of a 10,000-pound Cottonwood log – will be accessioned into the Museum’s permanent collection.
“In the spring we’re going to be working on a brand new permanent First Nations gallery and the new dugout canoe is going to be the centerpiece of that hanging from the new roof so we’re really excited about that,” says curator Alyssa Tobin.
She says the project was made possible by Fortwood Homes.
“They donated the log, their time, the felling and they transported it here for us all free of charge. We couldn’t have done the project without them.”
Frederick estimates the project will take a week or two to complete. Tobin says he will be receiving assistance on the project from local First Nations artist Jennifer Pighin.