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Salmon Flight - Medford, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 42° 19.354 W 122° 52.616
10T E 510140 N 4685598
Quick Description: This kinetic sculpture makes up part of a fountain within a plaza in downtown Medford.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 1/24/2017 6:15:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMTYP1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
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Long Description:
Located within Civic Center Plaza is a square-shaped fountain that comprises a kinetic sculpture title Salmon Flight. I was able to locate an online article that highlights this sculpture and it reads:

New City of Medford Sculpture Unveiled Today


In downtown Medford today, Rogue Valley artist and sculptor Richard Jarel, unveiled his much anticipated Kinetic Sculpture “Salmon Flight”.

The sculpture displays three large red salmon swimming down a large river. The first salmon represents the self. The second salmon represents the family. The third salmon represents the tribe and the river represents the interconnectedness of all life.

Over seven years in the making and thousands of hours have gone into the project. From the first prototype to completed state. This is one of Jarel’s first major publicly displayed works of arts.

Richard’s career started by making a few sculptures for a few small films you might have seen, such as The Power Rangers, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, as well as making the infamous Bat Mobile for Mattel… but more on that later.

This blog and video of the unveiling marks the beginning of a series up close interviews and feature article with Richard Jarel.

Salmon Flight was funded by the Medford Arts Commission with the initial plan of being located in the Medford round about, but instead was decided to be placed right outside of city hall. You can see it as the corner of 8th and Oakdale.

Title of Piece: Salmon Flight

Artist: Richard Jarel

Material/Media: Painted metal

Date of Creation or Placement: 2007

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Civic Center Plaza

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Web link(s) to YouTube or other video: [Web Link]

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