Description of Work:
“Dream of the River” is a sculpture in the form of the ribs of a full size (30’) half-built fishing boat with concrete salmon vertebrae forming the keel. The ribs are structural steel tubes welded to a spinal core hidden inside the vertebrae (themselves under-formed with polystyrene). These ribs also resemble the ribs of an aquatic animal.
Designed and built to resemble an archaic relic, “Dream of the River” is a surrealist folly, wherein a full-size fishing boat “skeleton” is visually married to a salmon backbone. It conjures the primeval and the not-so-distant industrial pasts of its riverside setting and conflates them into a vision akin to what might have been witnessed by the unseen spirit of the river itself.