Witness powerful and awe-inspiring works of visual art unfold, as artists and muralists reimagine what a basketball court can look like. Ten courts throughout the Capital Region will be transformed like never before, breathing new life, new conversations, and new possibilities into these important public spaces.
Our fourth instalment of Outside the Lines: A Court Mural Project features Sarah Jim. Read on to learn more about Sarah and her inspiring court design, currently in progress at Hampton Park in Saanich.
Here on the coast, the W̱SÁNEĆ people have known that the land, sea, and sky are all intimately interconnected. The land gives nutrients to the sea and the moon guides the tides. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived by a 13 moon calendar since time immemorial in which we live by the natural laws of the land. We ebb and flow through the seasons like the currents around the islands.
This design emulates those beliefs; our ways of being are informed by this place and the land/sea have taught us how to live here in a reciprocal and respectful way. The moon phases teach us that life and time are cyclical. The plants are seen as kin and they take care of us by providing food, medicine, and materials. The ocean is our life line, our highway, our economy, and our medicine. We are saltwater people. This design honours the sacred relationships between the natural realm and the reverence that the original people of these lands have for the land, sea, and sky.