Depicted with optimistic colour and energy, Darlene Gait's pod of orcas appears as a family moving through the water. - Image courtesy of BC Ferries

That’s a wrap! BC Ferries’ newest vessel, the Salish Orca just finished being wrapped in a massive decal over in Poland.

The artwork was designed by Esquimalt Nation’s Darlene Gait. Her designs will be displayed on both the outside of the vessel, and inside the vessel for customers to view. Depicted with optimistic colour and energy, Darlene Gait’s pod of orcas appears as a family moving through the water.

The Salish Orca will depart Poland this fall under its own power, and is expected to arrive in B.C. by the end of the year.

The vessel, which will be BC Ferries’ first natural gas powered ferry, will sail by the Canary Islands, through the Panama Canal and up the west coast of North America.

Watch time-lapse video showing the application of the massive decal onto the Salish Orca:

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Many of Darlene’s paintings can be viewed in outdoor murals throughout Victoria and the city’s waterfront. “One Moon Gallery,” located in the heart of Esquimalt Nation, holds a collection of over 180 paintings and limited edition prints.

 

Coast Salish artist Darlene Gait stands next to the rendering of her artwork that will adorn the Salish Orca. - Photo Courtesy BC Ferries
Coast Salish artist Darlene Gait stands next to the rendering of her artwork that will adorn the Salish Orca. – Photo Courtesy BC Ferries

 

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