To celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, heat transfer fluids maker Petro-Canada commissioned Aboriginal artist Klatle-Bhi (pronounced Cloth Bay) to carve a 25' totem pole. The totem pole will commemorate Petro-Canada's sponsorship of the Games as well as promote cultural and economic opportunities made possible by hosting the 2010 Winter Games.
Construction of the totem pole is slated to begin in the fall of 2008 for completion before the 2010 Winter Games.
The project is a collaboration between artist Klatle-Bhi, Petro-Canada, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), and the Four Host First Nations. The carvings and details of the pole will have a "sea to sky" theme and will celebrate Aboriginal culture, the involvement of the First Nations in the 2010 Winter Games, and the coming together of people from around the globe to celebrate excellence in sports and culture.
The pole will be displayed at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, then be moved to Petro-Canada's head office in Calgary, Alberta, and displayed alongside the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games "Share the Flame" legacy statue.
Petro-Canada is a National Partner for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.