Richard Hunt’s artistic indigenous design for interior of the Northern Sea Wolf (Image: BC Ferries)
Canadian operator BC Ferries and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council have revealed the indigenous artwork that will adorn the interior and exterior of new ferry North Sea Wolf.
The vessel, which is undergoing a renovation after being acquired from a Greek owner, is named after a First Nations’ legend in which the Sea Wolf is a representation of the orca. Kwakiutl First Nation’s Richard Hunt and Nuxalk Nation’s Danika Naccarella were selected to design the pieces after winning a local competition based on their attention to ‘artistic excellence’, indigenous style and ability to express the vessel’s name through artwork.
“Richard and Danika have created striking designs which pay tribute to the people of the Central Coast and the territory where we operate,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ president and CEO. “It has been a privilege to work with two exceptionally talented artists and we are honoured to display their designs on our vessel, the Northern Sea Wolf.”
Starting in spring 2019, Northern Sea Wolf will provide a direct summer service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola in British Columbia, Canada. The ferry, which can accommodate 150 passengers and 35 vehicles, will also operate a service between Bella Coola, Bella Bella, Shearwater and Ocean Falls once a week.
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