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Published on Jul 17, 2009
From Artfocus Magazine - Spring Issue 1997
"The aboriginal-inspired mural by Star Dreamer (aka Ritchie Sinclair), consisting of 28 linked canvas panels, was created as the centre piece of the lst Toronto International Pow Wow at the Skydome in Toronto in l994. Ritchie occupies a unique place in the Canadian pantheon of artists as the Scottish - lineage protege of Ojibway shamanistic artist Norval Morrisseau. The mural depicts the native legends of the formation of North America , contrasted with Toronto's contemporary architecture, like the CN Tower." It is 20th century Canada's version of the native totem pole," says Ritchie. It includes a cameo contribution by fellow Morrisseau protege, native artist Brian Marion and remained on view at BCE Place to mid-April. "
THE MEETING PLACE CONSISTS OF 28 SEPARATE, STRETCHED, CANVASSES, WHICH TOGETHER, CREATE A UNIQUE ARTISTIC INSTALLATION - THE MURAL TOOK 5 YEARS TO COMPLETE AND HAS BEEN PAINTED WITH A VARIETY OF ACRYLIC MEDIUMS THAT REACT SPECTACULARLY UNDER DIFFERENT LIGHTING CONDITIONS - THE MURAL, IN FACT, WILL GLOW IN THE DARK, TO REVEAL THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE GREAT SPIRIT, SYMBOLIZED.
THE ARTWORK ITSELF STRETCHES 21 FEET ACROSS AND STANDS 16 FEET IN HEIGHT THE CANVASSES ARE SQUARE, YET THEY ARE HUNG IN A DIAMOND-LIKE FASHION SYMBOLIZING. THE 4 DIRECTIONS, THE 4 SEASONS, THE 4 STAGES OF LIFE, THE 4 RACES, THE 4 KINGDOMS IN NATURE, THE 4 BODIES OF SENTIENT LIFE, THE 4 ELEMENTS, AND THE 5TH ELEMENT SYNTHESIZING THEM ALL... THE GREAT CREATIVE SPIRIT.