Corey Bulpitt (Haida)
Red cedar, acrylic
8 x 2′
In keeping with Corey’s trademark use of vibrant colour schemes, Rainbow Pole depicts Blue Mountain Hawk—a supernatural being—and crest of the NiKun Raven clan, to which Corey belongs, wearing rainbow attire. Masterfully carved on a carefully selected piece of red cedar, Corey spent months working on the pole in keeping with the tradition of the medium, virtuously using the tools and techniques learned from his mentors, all the while maintaining his signature aesthetic.
By placing both the Rainbow Pole and LOVE sculpture in the Fazakas Gallery windows, pride and acceptance are front and center when it comes to Corey’s practice. Much like his famous Granville Street Bridge mural The Storm, the symbolism of the rainbow connotes both a Haida story as well as LGBTQ++ and Indigenous pride.