Tell Your Communities Story with Images (Pictographs)
Local Indigenous Artist Dionne Paul kicked off National Aboriginal History Month June 1st with a spectacular new pictograph themed crosswalk at Cowrie Street and Trail Avenue intersection in Sechelt on Sunshine Coast BC Canada which tells the origin story of the shíshálh Nation #IndigenousHistoryMonth
Dionne writes “When I was working on the concept development for this piece I closed my eyes and thought about materiality – asphalt and thermoplastic. I envisioned the asphalt as natural rock. I envisioned the thermoplastic as our traditional paint. I envisioned pictographs!!
Pictographs are paintings on rock. Pictographs are very special and carry this mysterious quality about them. No one knows how this paint made with natural materials – pigment and binder can last unharmed for hundreds of years. I know there is magic in the paint brushes
Pictographs are an agreed upon “language of symbols” used to tell stories or communicate information. The story telling is the constellation of each grouping of pictographs, they need each other and take care of each other.
*Photo and story courtesy Dionne Paul Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator at Providence Health; Indigenous Arts and Culture Planner at City of Vancouver; Cultural Services and Indigenous Faculty Advisor at Capilano University.
TrafficPattrns Decorative Asphalt:
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Other Decorative Asphalt Applications
The Alexandra Greenway, community public art and beatification project in Richmond BC, was created by the Bagua Artist Association. The installation utilizes DuraTherm, a design flexible and durable preformed thermoplastic material that is inlaid into imprinted asphalt.