This monumental suspended artwork, hanging in Harborview Medical Center’s Ninth and Jefferson Building, was created by artist Connie Watts during recovery from a serious head injury, and was part of her healing process.
The piece features three animal figures: raven, bear and wolf, chosen by the artist to reflect her own identity. In the artist's totemic vision the wolf is a hunter, the bear a protector, and the raven a trickster; all inform her spirit. Human figures integrated into the animal figures speak to the harmony of all life. In the Northwest Coast cultural tradition, totems are associated with clan. Watts has adapted tradition to personal imagery in this work and married the traditional Northwest Coast form to contemporary materials and methods. The artist is of Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxan, and Kwakwaka´wakw ancestry and lives on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia.