Reach for the Sky is an unframed serigraph of a limited edition print series of only 70. The print was made in 2014 by Roy Henry Vickers from the Tsimshian Nation. The print is signed, numbered and titled in original by the artist.
The image is 13 inches or over 33 centimeters wide and 19 inches or 48 centimeters high. The size of the print itself is 15 inches or 38 centimeters wide and 22 inches or 56 centimeters high.
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The following is quoted from Henry Vickers about this Print: “There are many things today that need our attention. It seems that large corporations hold power of money over people and governments. Those who once carved these monuments of culture seem to have forgotten their connections to the earth and the ancestors. There are a few of us who understand the old ways of our ancestors and our connection to the land. The human spirit needs to connect to pristine places yet unmarred by the hand of man.
Things are being done in the name of progress yet for some of us it seems regress. There are people with Chiefs names who are willing to sell their inheritance and the future of their children for a pocket full of money. When the money is gone how will the rivers survive? When the rivers are destroyed the salmon will die. The people of the salmon, who we came from were good stewards of the land. What will we eat, farmed fish that make people sick while oceans cry for protection.
Where are the Chiefs of old who danced to their songs? Where are the singers who shake the mountains with their voice and the beat of the drum? Are they all gone? Is there nobody to fight for the land of the ancestors?
This is a time to reach to the sky. This is the time to raise our voices and say no to those who would destroy what is left to us. It is possible to change our ways and hold on to the rope that crosses the mists of time, that which can tie us to each other and to the land.”
* Colours of artwork may not be exactly as on screen.