The Witness Blanket is a large-scale art installation made from hundreds of artifacts reclaimed from residential schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures across Canada. Letters, photographs, clothing and building hardware are among more than 800 items incorporated into the 13-panel wood installation which stands two metres high and 12 metres wide.
Kwagiulth and Salish artist and master carver Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme) says together the pieces recount the true story of loss, strength, reconciliation and pride.
The Witness Blanket exhibition is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are the same as the Library’s hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Holidays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
There will be an opening event at 11 a.m. on Aug 11.