Community Art Project: Conservation Education Through Art

Friends of Lake Sammamish State has again organized a collaborative community art project with the help of artist Gabi Philips. Students from Issaquah Middle School, the Issaquah Highlands Youth Advisory Board at Blakely Hall, campers at Adventure Camp and Camp Quah painted tin cans to create the scales of the salmon.

The piece was finished on July 22 by the public at Parkadilly, Kid's Concert and Fair. The finished sculpture is a free-standing salmon made entirely out of tin cans. The sculpture has the shape of a salmon jumping out of water with its head, tail and fins made from the flattened tin cans cut into shape and the body made of the can lids. The head, tail and fins are left in its original color, whereas the scales have been colorfully painted by children from various schools and summer camps in Issaquah prior to the event. This makes the sculpture unique to the Issaquah community. The project is made possible through grants from 4Culture grant and Recology.

FLSSP hopes to find this incredible piece a more permanent home in the community.