A sculpture project that will mark the southern entrance to St. Helens, Oregon by creating a unique cultural landmark for the community
About this project
Salmon migrate from freshwater to the ocean, carrying nutrients critical for tree growth. These trees become habitat for a healthy, diverse water system. The Salmon Tree Cycle is a pair of sculptures that represents this symbiotic relationship and the role it played building the City of St. Helens.
Let’s Grow a Gateway
By supporting the Salmon Tree Cycle, you will:
- Create a lasting impact by supporting the installation of a free cultural resource to be enjoyed by generations to come.
- Inspire community pride by honoring our heritage and connecting people to our unique Pacific Northwest sense of place.
- Encourage visitor exploration and patronage to our businesses by making our community stand out.
Still not convinced? If you donate now, your contribution will be matched up to $20,000! Check out the funding sources and timeline below.
The collaborative studio rhiza A+D was selected for their Salmon Tree Cycle sculpture design because of its unique representation of St. Helens history and ecology. The two sculptures frame McNulty Creek and symbolically represent a flowing, Columbia Basin river culture sustained by the integral ecosystem of trees and salmon. Salmon migrate from freshwater to ocean and back. Their bodies are repositories of nitrogen and numerous nutrients that not only benefit predators and scavengers but are also critical fertilizers for stream-side trees. The roots and branches of these trees in turn become the habitat for a healthy, diverse water system. The Salmon Tree Cycle is a sculptural expression of this dynamic reciprocity. The sculptures are not only a gateway, but represent an educational platform for environmental stewardship. To learn more about the artist, the sculpture design, and the community benefits, visitwww.salmontreecycle.com.
Bridging Art & Nature in St. Helens
Established in 2005, the ACC is a group of volunteers dedicated to improving the livability of St. Helens by encouraging the recognition of arts and culture. With a state highway bisecting our city, many potential visitors experience the auto-oriented highway as all we have to offer. The two-phased Gateway Sculpture Project began in October 2010 when the ACC began to think of creative solutions to make highway frontage more inviting to residents and travelers. Phase 1 of the Gateway Sculpture Project was completed in 2014 and the Salmon Tree Cycle (Phase 2), has an anticipated completion of Summer 2017. To see photos of Phase 1 and other ACC projects, visit: www.salmontreecycle.com.
**SLIGHT CHANGE** Pledge $75 – An original locally hand-pulled print from an edition of linocuts, depicting the Salmon Tree Cycle theme. Suitable for framing. 15 available.
Risks and challenges
This Kickstarter campaign is one component of the ACC’s larger fundraising strategy. Additional funds outside of the Kickstarter will be needed to fabricate and install the Salmon Tree Cycle sculptures. Although the funds are not yet secured, we are confident we can raise the remaining funds by writing grants and hosting local fundraising events.