The Messenger Project by Ernest Daetwyler is one of over 35 public artworks on display across the City of Mississauga.
Ernest Daetwyler, 2014
Hand carved Indiana limestone and bronze elements
GO Erindale Station
The Messenger Project relates to the heritage of the region, migration, exploration and transformation.
Waves of arriving settlers and migrants inspired the use of luggage pieces from different origins and time periods as symbols in this public artwork. The eagle, modelled in wax and cast in bronze, is the symbol of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The eagle is viewed as the messenger – the mediator between two worlds, the one of the Creator and the one of the people.
Historic trunks and luggage objects from the Museums of Mississauga collection were documented and hand carved in Indiana limestone. The child cradle board and the spiritual medicine bag cast in bronze were generously contributed by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
This is a two-part sculpture, with a secondary piece located across from the station on Burnhamthorpe Road West.
Daetwyler collaborated with the City of Mississauga, Metrolinx, the local community as well as the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to create the sculptures.