History of Osoyoos Indian Sculptures
Chief Clarence Louie and Virgil “Smoker” Marchand have designed and produced several statues in this community, including those at Osoyoos Visitor Centre, NK’MIP Cellars, NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre, Sen Pok Chin School, NK’MIP Canyon Desert Golf Course, and the Osoyoos Indian Band health Centre.
The Chief has, over many years, commissioned numerous Okanagan Native artworks. In a highly collaborative effort, he develops and conveys concepts to which the artist responds. From the first paper drafts through production, a creative and consultative, edit-and-approval process evolves. The sculptures have become a unique and enduring legacy of the Osoyoos Indian Band.