Public Art

Exploring Public Art in Sidney

Sidney’s downtown and waterfront are home to many public art pieces that add beauty and culture to the area.

W̱SÁNEĆ Welcome Figure with Eagle – Beacon Park

The W̱SÁNEĆ Welcome Figure with Eagle was carved in the traditional Coast Salish style by artist Perry LaFortune – XELIMET along with his brother Tom LaFortune – KAtēwha‡et of SȾAUTW̱ First Nation. The carving was dedicated on July 21, 2017.

The carving represents the welcome that European settlers received from the W̱SÁNEĆ people when they first arrived to this land. The eagle standing on top of the Welcome Figure symbolizes the strength and respect that is needed to move forward together in reconciliation.

Sculpture Interactive Map

This interactive map allows you to explore the original sculptures, murals, and statues that can be found throughout downtown Sidney and along the waterfront walkway. Click on each number on the map to learn more about the public art that helps to make Sidney so special.