Life Cycle

Life Cycle”Life Cycle”

Sitka Spruce
8’ x 4’ x 4’

Collection of the City of Bellevue, Wash
Chism Beach Park on Lake Washington

This is part of a series that i have done relating to the Pacific Salmon.

Here, tiny salmon hatch out at the bottom. They swim up and grow until they are big enough to make it to the ocean.

There, they begin their journey that takes them all the way around the vast Pacific, growing and trying to avoid predators.

Four years later, they return as adults to the very same place where they were born. They then lay their eggs, spawn there and die.

Their decaying bodies nourish the new eggs as they hatch. Then the cycle starts over again. Only one in a thousand survive to do this but the cycle continues.

This sculpture is carved in a helix, so that the flow returns to it’s origin and then starts over again.