This item is apart of our Gallery 3 Exhibition, Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Father Land.
The Vanishing Run by Ed NoiseCat, Shuswap and Lil’wat Nation,
“Originally the table held twelve limited edition bronze salmon. There are only six remaining. Food for thought…”
The Vanishing Run was created at the American Institute of Indian Arts where Ed was the first artist in residence at their foundry when it opened in 2015. Ed wanted to do something substantial for the opening, but with only a 30 day residence, he had to get creative. Ed had carved a set of salmon for a limited edition cast glass piece called Confluence, and decided to use the mold to craft thirteen wax casts of these salmon. He then hollowed out each wax piece removing the spaces in between the ribs. The Salmon were cast in bronze and then a steel table was designed for them to swim on. The table was filled with piece of broken glass that represent mine tailings that were dumped into the Animas River in 2015.
Salmon- Abundance, Prosperity & Determination
Salmon is a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity because Salmon is the primary food source for Northwest Coastal people, representing the ability to provide for your family. Salmon are supernatural beings that give up their life to feed our people. We hold them in high esteem and honor their return every year. Out of respect, ceremonies are often held by the Northwest Coast people to celebrate the return of the Salmon to their traditional spawning grounds. Due to the current environmental and ecological situation, Coastal First Nations communities’ traditional way of life is deeply threatened.