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Salmon Waves - Seattle, WA
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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member OpinioNate
N 47° 39.883 W 122° 23.852
10T E 545231 N 5279211
Quick Description: Stainless steel waves with light-emitting diodes!
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 1/27/2007 6:06:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM162V
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
Views: 383

Long Description:
The plaque reads:

Paul Sorey

Salmon Waves

STAINLESS STEEL, LIGHT EMITTING DIODES


This artwork was commissioned to reveal the complex and often invisible system at the Ballard Locks that is designed to ensure safe passage for salmon. The Fish Ladder is used by spawning adult salmon to migrate upstream to rivers and creeks. The Smolt Slide, installed in the spillway during peak season, ensures that juvenile salmon can swim through the Locks and out to the ocean without becoming injured. The wave shapes evoke natural and fantastic forms such as sea shells, octopi, whale fins and sea monsters. Construction details of the stainless steel forms reflect the nuts-and-bolts functionality and engineering precision of the Locks structure. Two of the waves house light-emitting diode units. At night, these light sources create a surprise for viewers - fleeting images of juvenile salmon swimming between the waves.

2001
Title: Salmon Waves

Artist: Paul Sorey

Media (materials) used: Steel, light-emitting diodes

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard

Date of creation or placement: 2001

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