Christy Groves, 18, of Labrador is of Metis heritage and poses with her art-decorated six-foot Coke bottle. She is a student at Dalhousie University and also a self-employed entrepreneur specializing in creating and distributing original watercolour paintings of local flowers, berries, landscapes and images from the natural environment in the Labrador Straits. Submitted photo
Coca Cola will unveil two six-foot Coke bottles in Halifax today decorated by aboriginal artists from Labrador and Nova Scotia.
These "art bottles" are being announced to coincide with the Olympic Torch Relay and will be displayed on the Olympic site during the 2010 Games. They will eventually be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Vancouver Aboriginal Youth Legacy Fund.
Artists Christy Groves of Labrador and Alan Syliboy of the Millbrook First Nation reserve near Truro, N.S., were selected for the Aboriginal Art Bottle Program. The Coca-Cola Aboriginal Art Bottle Program provides Aboriginal people across Canada the opportunity to experience the Olympic Spirit, while to showcasing their art and culture to the world.
Fifteen artists were selected from over 100 Aboriginal artists across Canada. The artists, both amateurs and professionals, are First Nations, Inuit or MÉtis. The artwork will be unveiled regionally, across the country, throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay and profiled during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. An independent adjudication panel conducted the review.
"Our cultures are thriving and we want to share them with the world," said Tewanee Joseph, chief executive officer of the Four Host First Nations, Official Partners of the 2010 Winter Games.
"When visitors come to the Games, they will experience First Nations, Inuit and MÉtis cultures in an unprecedented way, from works of art in prominent locations at venues to youth acting as torchbearers and flame attendants during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. The Coca-Cola Aboriginal Art Bottle program is another exciting example of how the diversity of Aboriginal peoples will be showcased during the Games."
During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games,each bottle will be auctioned to collectors from around the world. The proceeds from the sale will go to the Vancouver 2010 Aboriginal Youth Legacy Fund to support sport, culture, sustainability and education initiatives for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis youth across Canada.
The auction will be run from Feb. 15-25. Interested collectors may go online to www.icoke.ca to participate in the auction. In lead up to the auction, each artists' work and story will be posted online as the artwork is unveiled across the country.