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Salmon Cycle by artist Jim Pridgeon is a two part installation illustrating the environmental challenges salmon face during their dynamic lifestyle. Like Salmon, Salmon Cycle jouneys through many realms with its components "Salmon Song" and "Mechanical River," representing birth and death, respectively.

The beginning of the salmon lifecycle, "Salmon Song," combines 3-dimensional art and a soundscape created by Jim and produced at Jack Straw Productions with Jack Straw engineer, Doug Haire. It comments on the commidification of salmon and the desecration of their habitat. Water pollution and excess water use by humans endanger salmon the moment they are born.

"Mechanical River" in the UW Fisheries Building lobby focuses on the adult salmon's jouney home to spawn. Salmon leap upstream across rivers clogged with building materials from modern industry which hinder their paths home.

Project Sites:

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Salmon Song
Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(University District)
Exhibit dates and times:
June 10 - July 31, 2001 (Subject to Change)
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM or by appointment

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Mechanical River
Fisheries Building, University of Washington
1152 NE Boat St
Seattle, WA 98105
Exhibit dates and times:
June 4 - July 31, 2001
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Photographs of the installation process
Salmon Song Poems - Audio and Text


Commissioned through combined Percent for Art funding from Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light and administered by the Seattle Arts Commission, City Of Seattle, Paul Schell, Mayor.



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