MILLBROOK – A Millbrook native’s inspirational artwork will be some of the first images Canada Games athletes, coaches and officials see when they arrive in Nova Scotia.
Alan Syliboy’s mural, titled “Spirits Flying”, is on display in the arrivals area at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. His short film “Little Thunder” will also be played on various screens throughout the airport. Both will be displayed for the next several weeks.
“This animated short, inspired by the Mi’kmaq legend The Stone Canoe, explores Aboriginal humour,” Syliboy said.
“It’s wonderful to have this film playing throughout Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Many visitors to Nova Scotia will now have the opportunity to follow Little Thunder as he reluctantly leaves his family and sets out on a cross-country canoe trip to become a man.”
The Winter Games officially begins tonight with the opening ceremonies at the Halifax Metro Centre.
During the next two weeks about 2,700 amateur athletes will compete in 20 different sports. There are 13 sporting venues where events will take place. Ski Wentworth and Martock are the only sites outside the Halifax Regional Municipality.
“Thousands of athletes and visitors will be passing through Halifax Stanfield this month to participate in the 2011 Canada Games,” says Tom Ruth, Halifax International Airport Authority president and CEO.
“Alan Syliboy’s art pieces will provide these passengers and visitors with an opportunity to experience Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq culture and traditions.”