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Nunavut artist's work unveiled on Parliament Hill

Igloolik sculptor Bart Hanna's carving was commissioned as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, and unveiled in Ottawa on Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of Nunavut as a territory.

Igloolik sculptor Bart Hanna's carving of Sedna to be displayed in House of Commons foyer

Igloolik artist Bart Hanna's sculpture was unveiled on Monday in Ottawa. The piece will eventually be on display in Parliament's Centre Block. (CBC)

A new sculpture by Nunavut artist Bart Hanna will soon be on display in the House of Commons foyer.

It was commissioned as part of Canada 150 celebrations, and unveiled in Ottawa on Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of Nunavut as a territory.

It will be displayed in the parliament building's West Block until restoration work is complete in Centre Block. Then it will be moved to the foyer, to join a series of other works dating to the 1970s.    

The sculpture depicts Sedna, a sea goddess and an important figure in Inuit mythology.

"She is a marine being that has been seen throughout the arctic waters, as my grandfather said one time many years ago," said the Igloolik-based Hanna, in a statement.

The sculpture depicts Sedna, a sea goddess and an important figure in Inuit mythology. (House of Commons)

"Most stories of Sedna seem to suggest that she is benevolent; however, I have occasionally encountered comments that suggest this is not always the case."

The 65 centimetre by 84 centimetre sculpture is a tympanum, typically used to decorate a semi-circular or triangular space above a door or window.

Hanna was selected by a jury to create the piece. The jury included other artists, the House of Commons' curator, and the Dominion Sculptor, who oversees the carving program on Parliament Hill.  

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