Wednesday 9 April 2003
Pix of the Day: Full Tail for Eight Feet Salmon
CREDITS: © Soul Salmon Project / © photographer Sara Mall Johani
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Yesterday's eight feet long salmon was not a fisherman's tale. Here is the brief history of the inception of the Soul Salmon 2001 Project from their own web site, "A dozen people formed by invitation in Chimacum, Washington on January 22, 2000, signed The Soul Salmon Declaration, and got to work. They formed a Board of Directors under the non-profit organization named TAHMANAWIS, whose mission is to nourish Pacific Northwest arts, education, ecologic restoration and culture by encouraging periodic, spirited 'art actions' that celebrate, interpret and re imagine the natural world that sustains us all."
Reportedly there are forty cities in North America emulating the example of first Zurich, then Chicago where tourism was enhanced by an estimated $200 million, and $3.5 million was donated to charity through the auctioning of fiberglass cows. Other examples of these projects are New York (more cows), Cincinnati (pigs), Toronto (moose), Buffalo (er, well, buffalo, of course!), New Orleans (catfish). This weblog has featured similar examples of the genre from San Antonio, Texas, and albeit as work in progress from Auckland, New Zealand. The Celestial Salmon Soirée auction held on 13 April 2002 in Seattle drew a top bid of $6,000 for 'Quimper Choho', which was bought by the City of Port Townsend for permanent display. Seven salmon, detailed on the auction web page, raised $35,000 in total.
Yesterday's picture was a new Soul Salmon at the Swan Creek Library and Literacy Center in Tacoma, Washington. The salmon was designed and painted by Kamala Dolphin Kingsley, and the base was designed and created by KC Grennan & Scott Fitzel. You may follow a visual history of the Soul Salmon Project from the online photo galleries. The pictures for this feature are from the preview gallery, which features many of the top exhibits. My own favorite is that saucy salmon in the bottom right hand of the feature block, with her raunchy red high heels and striped stockings. My taste in art is as louche as my taste in most everything else.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)