After 31/2 years creating three traditional welcoming gateways in Stanley Park, Coast Salish artist Susan Point said it came as a “tremendous relief” to design Vancouver’s 2009 banners in her own contemporary style.

“It’s titled Into the Light,” said Point at an unveiling at Vancouver City Hall yesterday. “And when I started creating it, it gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do, aside from working on something very traditional.”

The five brightly coloured banners will be displayed on Georgia Street, the Burrard and Cambie bridges, and the viaducts in and out of downtown until October.

The five banners, which are different crops from a single serigraph, make subtle use of Coast Salish influence, Point said. It uses ovals, crescents and v-cuts.

In October, the banners will be taken down and donated to Unicef.