Run (Salmon Run)

Submitted by Richard Watts

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Client: City of Kelowna

Location: Kelowna, BC, Canada

Completion date: 2007

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team

artist

Richard Watts

Crowe River Studio

commissioner

City of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

City of Kelowna, BC.

Overview

Three oxidized steel sculptures based on canoe and aquatic animal-fish forms along an inner-city Salmon River Mission Creek in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Sixteen ft. long each plus granite boulders.

Goals

Goal was to connect the public to Nature, the cycles of the river and salmon runs.

Process

The sculptures were fabricated in Toronto, then shipped and installed.

Additional Information

The goal of the project was to draw attention to the annual salmon runs in Mission Creek, an urban river and urban wilderness public park, in Kelowna, BC. Through three sculptures, evoking in abstract expressionist style, connections between canoes and kayaks, which people used on the river, to the shapes and forms of the salmon below. The forms I created are intentionally, fragmented, bridging the human-boat construction with the skeletal forms of fish/whales, because that is where human designed boats came from originally. There by connecting human urban culture with Nature, and origins.