A new $700,000, 4.2-metre-high sculpture has been unveiled in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
Rising on Brockton Point, the new bronze sculpture – dubbed Shore to Shore – depicts a little-known but colourful figure from the city’s past, the whaler known as Portuguese Joe Silvey. Silvey, who emigrated in 1858 from Portugal, opened a saloon opposite Gassy Jack Deighton’s in what is now Gastown. He earned a reputation as a cultural bridgemaker, marrying into the local Coast Salish First Nations community and having 11 children with two wives.
The sculpture, which took five years to complete, depicts Portuguese Joe and each of his wives alongside a monument of intricately carved designs crowned with the head of a raptor, representing both the Canadian eagle and the Portuguese açor. It’s set on a a field of black and white stones, imported from Portugal and arranged into an intricate, swirling design. It sits near the site where Portuguese Joe once had a home in Stanley Park. Continue reading:
New $700,000 Sculpture in Stanley Park Explores Portuguese-Aboriginal Roots