Salmon Art at Cheney Stadium? A Home Run, If You Ask Me…

22 Aug

Since the impetus for our upcoming Arts Appreciation Night was the installation of two new public art pieces in the newly renovated Cheney Stadium, we thought it would be fun to put a spotlight on those two pieces this week so you can get a jump start before you go on the tour!

A closer look at three of the aluminum salmon. Image: David Franklin

First up is Home Run, the series of aluminum fish swimming along the outside of the stadium. Each salmon is fitted with bright LED lights on the inside, which cycle through a full spectrum of colors at night. David Franklin, the artist, found his inspiration for these fish in the salmon that populate Northwest waters every year: “The Salmon are designed in a modernized Salish style of design and are meant to honor local indigenous tribes and be a symbol of pride in the NorthWest,” says David, “[and] the nightly colorful transformation of the Salmon is meant to imitate the transformation of the Salmon as they move into the fresh water as they return each year.”

Cheney Stadium underwent a huge renovation over last fall and winter. David came on board to create some artwork in November 2010, and noticed some structures with potential during a site visit: “The Stadium had a number of concrete columns with power to the top that were not being torn down in the remodel,” he reveals. “Part of the inspiration behind my project finding a way to use these structures in a way that made them look like they were there for a purpose.  They became the perfect structures to support my school [of fish], and were ready to power the lights.”

The eleven salmon range from four feet to six feet in length, and were fabricated at Davinci’s Workshop in Burien by Kurt Nordquist. The entire process, from design to completion and installation, only took 5 months; Home Run was successfully installed in time for the Rainiers’ opening game at the beginning of April.

David will be at Arts Appreciation Night next Monday – will you? Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to meet the artist and hear more about his inspiration and process! Remember to get your tickets this week – that $9.95 deal with the food voucher won’t be available at the gates, unless you want to pay the original $23 for it! Call Graham at the Rainiers at 253.752.7707 ext. 184 today!

A wide shot of more Home Run fish, lit up at night. Image: David Franklin

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