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Save One, Save Them All

Father and Son

“Save one, Save Them All” is a depiction of a “modern Noah” consisting of painted animals - particularly endangered species - sculpted out of bass wood. I have always been interested in the story of Noah, who saved pairs of animals presuming they would repopulate the world after the flood. With the destruction of natural habitats, many animal species of today will not survive. Our Noah rounds up endangered species, taking only one of each. His goal is to preserve these animals. He enlists his 3 sons and their wives to help him in this endeavor. Noah and his wife are gathering the animals, but where they are going is not clear! The scene is set on a 3-tiered table, the top of which is made of reclaimed elm, and sits on a stump of a fallen black walnut tree. Just as the COVID pandemic reminds us of our frailty, this depiction is a warning to all of us that we are finite, and that we too can become extinct unless we learn how to live together and to respect nature.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3 feet
  • Medium: Bass wood sculptures mounted on a table of reclaimed elm & walnut
  • Width: 5 feet
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 40 inches

About Father and Son

Mark Kaplan MD, is a Professor Emeritus at UofM. Always a creative artist, he began sculpting these animals during the pandemic. Noah, a UofM educated fine artist & President of Leon Speakers, Ann Arbor, informed the painting of the animals & the design for the reclaimed table setting. They are passionate about the survival of our animals, people & planet.