SALMON & STEELHEAD DAYS (BOISE, IDAHO), 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Each year I returned to Boise, Idaho to participate in Salmon & Steelhead Days. The sculpture from "Sockeye Waters, Sockeye Dreams" was set up around the Idaho State Department of Fish & Game's headquarters in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Days, was an educational festival for thousands of 4th graders from around southwestern Idaho. The"Sockeye Waters, Sockeye Dreams" project was explained and the children are asked to bring the "ghost fish" back to life through their artwork. They are encouraged to paint in collaboration with each other. This activity re-enforces the idea of community; working together to accomplish a common goal. .The salmon are"brought back to life" through the artwork of the children who paint the salmon a variety of colors, shapes, patterns, and symbols. This event was "designed to elevate public awareness of the cultural, historical, biological, and economic importance of Idaho's anadromous fisheries".