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These beautiful oversized doors are each 8' X 3.5' carved in yellow cedar with fir frames. They were designed to be the front doors for a house in Ladysmith, BC Canada.
The simplicity of the design strongly reflects traditional Salish art. The left hand door has an eagle perched on a tree. It is representative of vision and freedom. Below the oval is a feather design which represents our path and its many choices.
The right hand door has an orca whale with an eagle spirit on it's dorsal fin, a raven spirit on it's pectoral fin and a salmon spirit on it's body. The orca represents long life, not so much in years, but in how you live your life to the fullest in every moment. Above the oval is a dorsal fin representing the strength of long life.
These doors and the interpretation are the creation of the artist, Herb Rice. Photograph by Ernie Einarsson.