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Susan Point

Harborview Medical Center

Busy beavers highlight the power of collaboration.

Susan Point. Shapers, 2002. Kiln formed glass with red cedar. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection

A trio of beavers is hard at work in this glass and cedar sculpture by Coast Salish artist Susan Point—and their activity represents the power and potential that results from working together.

Point is a descendant of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people and is considered a leader in modern Coast Salish art. "Today, much of the Native art associated with the Pacific Northwest coast is from principle tribes of northern British Columbia,” she says. “Because of this, over the years I spent a great deal of my time as a Coast Salish artist trying to revive traditional Coast Salish art in an attempt to educate the public to the fact that there was, and still is, another art form indigenous to the central Pacific Northwest coast."
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Harborview Medical Center

For more than a century, Harborview Medical Center has functioned as a unique community and regional resource. It is a county hospital, a teaching and research institution, a regional trauma and burn center, and the primary health care provider for many low-income and disenfranchised people in the community. Harborview embraces its mission of treating everybody…

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