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PO BOX 396
Chimacum, WA 98325
For more information:
Sara Mall Johani 360-732-4238
Sheila Kelly 206-365-7892
Michelle Kelley 360-437-9966
March 19, 2001
Puget Sound Region, Washington
Giant Pacific Salmon Migrates To Chicago.
Are eight foot salmon re-inhabiting the Midwest?
Lewis and Clark encountered their first Pacific salmon at the headwaters of the Snake River in Idaho. Fossil salmon up to 15-feet long have been found in Montana. Now a salmon half as big is going twice as far -- all the way to Chicago. It has an authentic Native Northwest pattern emblazoned on its body created by noted Northwest artists Loren White and Lane Quine from Port Orchard, WA .
.. Itıs Oncorhynchus Bodacicus -- outrageous salmon!
Oncorhynchus Bodacicus will represent the Pacific Northwest at the City of Chicago Public Art Program summer art exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo. City Critters from around the world, inspired by Chicagoıs "Cows on Parade" will congregate by invitation, forming an artful fiberglass zoo. From the Toronto Moose to St. Paulıs Snoopy, from the Pelicans of Seabrook, Texas to the "People Project" of St. Louis, over 35 entries include humans as critters too.
Plight Of Wild Pacific Salmon and "our quality of life"
Chicagoıs Public Art exhibition starts on April Foolıs Day -- but for Oncorhynchus, itıs anything but a joke. Saving the wild salmon is not just a goal; itıs a requirement of the endangered species act. The designation of some species of salmon as an endangered species has created a challenge for the urban areas of the Northwest. Itıs the first time an urban area has had to deal with the requirements of the endangered species act. That could mean stopping development, preventing expansion of roads, and breaching dams used for irrigation. In other words, saving salmon could drastically affect the way we live.
Soul Salmon 2001, the non-profit group responsible for creating scores of artful salmon, is thinking globally, acting locally. Just as the keystone species wild salmon re-inhabit watersheds, artful salmon, the regionıs totem, find their home in the hearts of Northwest people. Sponsors place them in favorite locations around Puget Sound, providing not only salmon interest through participatory imagery, but generating cash and energy through tourism and education. Artful salmon will re-inhabit cities and towns of the Pacific Northwest this year, a summer run of fun salmon, in a staggered release, much like the wild salmon emerge from the gravel. Look for them in Tacoma, Bellevue, Bellingham, Port Townsend, Seattle and so on. Soul Salmonıs website will feature an interactive map of Puget Sound showing the locations of all the Soul Salmon. www.soulsalmon.org.
"Imagine coming to work one day and being startled by an 8-foot salmon that you would meet only in a dream. It might be wearing a hat, sporting flames, sprouting trees or cloaked in poems praising rivers," quips Tom Jay, commissioned by Soul Salmon 2001 to sculpt two giant Coho specimens, a male and a female.
These fiberglass blanks will spawn dozens of similar sculptures, each transformed by different artists into unique works of art. When sponsored by institutions, businesses or individuals, each salmon can be auctioned for charity at the Bellevue Art Museum gala Soul Salmon Auction on November 17, 2001. Non-profits can fundraise by directing proceeds back to their own organization when they sponsor a salmon. The Seattle Mariners provide an interesting example. Their male Soul Salmon will sport white baseball leather, stitched in red, covered with Marinerıs signatures.
Surf 'n' Turf
Another creature will also travel to Chicago from its home base in Seattle. Itıs the Pike Place Market Pig. Pigs turf, salmon surf -- together they "Surf nı Turf".
"Our lofty plan is no less than to bring wild salmon awareness to all of the people of Puget Sound. We want everyone here to know that we are, indeed, 'Salmon People.' Salmon people nurture and protect wild salmon and habitat." Sara Mall Johani
Soul Salmon 2001 and the parent non-profit organization, Tahmanawis, began in Chimacum, WA, heart of the East Jefferson County Dragon.
SOUL SALMON CONTACT
Sara Mall Johani, President, email@example.com / 360-732-4238
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