Willow Snake

This is a short film I made back in 2013.

In 2013, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver commissioned artist and weaver Alastair Heseltine to create a green willow sculpture in honour of the Chinese year of the Water Snake. Built over a period of five days in January with the help of community members, the 60 foot snake was then paraded through Chinatown before being installed in the Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This short film documents the frenzied pace of construction, as a small army of volunteers work against the clock to shape a truckload of willow branches into cross-cultural symbol of power and regeneration.

Music by Kevin MacLeod


2 responses to “Willow Snake

  1. I must say I really enjoyed this. It is a very lively journey with a destination you cannot really fore tell, arriving as it does in the pond at Sun Yat Sen. There is a superb moment when it appears it might not pass through the gate! Well done Martin you wily coyote. warm regards, Ian Morton

  2. Martin! Any chance you can be cajoled into coming to the 40th reunion in October? I am on the fence but will be persuaded if there are enough people i would love to see are coming. It’s in whistler, I think Oct 2 & 3. I would just go down for the main activity/dinner. Hope you are well Ian

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