River Escape

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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This work in progress is a 12 foot black walnut log with ample large branches protruding from it. It is fresh water river aquatic with wildlife intertwined amongst one another. I call it River Escape because the fish and animals incorporated into the piece are coming to life and live near or in a fresh water habitat. The animals currently included in the piece are a river otter, northern pike, frog, snapping turtle, and salmon. An important addition to the piece is the inclusion of invasive species that I hope will educate viewers about the risk they pose to native Michigan species. Some of these include zebra mussels, gobies, and lampreys. There is still a portion of the piece that I am completing that will incorporate additional wildlife associated with the fresh water habitat.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 9 ft
  • Medium: Walnut Tree
  • Width: 12 ft
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 4 ft

Venue & Connection Information

I plan on being involved in the process of installing the carving. I would like the work to be displayed outdoors, preferably near the river due to the fact that the piece is river-themed. The log will lay horizontally with 3 points of contact to a solid surface and allow viewers to sit on the back of a river otter to allow for pictures.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: Yes
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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