Teaching Foresight

Wood panel commissioned by Stacey and Franco Gaiga for a park on 3rd Avenue in Port Alberni, BC. At the top is the head of the female salmon. Down the right side is the texture of the net. An eye looks to future generations. There is a male salmon towards the base of the carving and salmon eggs and water movement. Red Cedar, paint, stainless steel support and base. Scroll down for artist's statement.

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Artist Statement
As a young boy I fished for spring salmon at the mouth of the river with my grandfather Alan Dick. I watched him take the salmon out of the net and he would bundle the web and lead line over the cork line and lashed it with twine. He did this three or four times as we moved along the length of the net then he said to me now you know what to do. So as I followed my grandfather and he removed the salmon from the net, I bundled the web and lead line over the cork line and lashed it with twine. I asked him why are we doing this and he pointed to the salmon in the boat and said, “we have plenty for our family and friends” and he motioned with his hand up the river and said, “the rest is for the lake.” He smiled at me and said, “for your grandchildren.”