(painted murals and weaving patterns)
Location: University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Campus
(between buildings A & B)
Gani is from Ch’iyaqtel First Nation. His creative works are inspired by his connections to Stó:lō Téméxw (Stó:lō territory) and the rich natural world that surrounds him. He brings these experiences and visions to life through his murals, landscape and portrait paintings, and carvings.
Gani explains, “I was always in the wilderness, and felt in-tune with the wilderness. I loved the animals and they stuck in my head. I wanted to draw what I’d seen or even dreamed of. In this mural, I painted the mountains that surround this area. The mural is in three different dimensions: first are the mountains, and then inside the circle, you have the underwater, with the spawning salmon, and then it goes to night-time.” Gani also incorporated traditional weaving patterns on the concrete around the spindle whorl by Francis Horne, Sr.
The mural of the salmon that appear to be swimming up the spiral staircase represent the life cycle of the fish, and was painted with a class from UFV.