Salmon sculpture artwork at the Oregon Zoo.

Calling All Sculptors for Juried Salmon Art Contest at Sequoia Park Zoo

November 15, 2013, Eureka, CA—If you’re a sculptor with a fondness for fish, Sequoia Park Zoo would love to hear from you. The Zoo is currently building a major new exhibit, Watershed Heroes, which is scheduled to open in Summer 2014 and will feature Salmon, River otters, and Bald eagles. As an integral part of the exhibit, the Zoo plans to incorporate life-sized outdoor salmon sculptures, and is inviting interested artists to submit designs for inclusion in a juried contest.

The core message of the project is that salmon are a keystone species in our environment and depend on healthy watersheds that we can all help to protect. The sculptures should support the concept that all parts of our landscape touch salmon habitat – “Salmon Are Everywhere” – and is a subtheme running through the entire exhibit.

Sculptures must be designed to withstand Humboldt weather conditions year-round and be easily maintained for long-term display. They must be mountable on pedestals or suspended, and require no assembly.

The deadline to submit a complete application and entry fee of $15 is now January 31, 2014. Completed sculptures must be delivered to the Zoo by May 1, 2014, for judging by a Bay Area art expert. More information on mounting system options will be made available to artists by mid-January.

A $750 “Best of Show” cash award will go to the winning artist, and four additional artists will receive “Honorable Mentions” and cash prizes of $150 each. All accepted submissions will be installed prior to the exhibit’s opening in Summer 2014 and will be recognized in a self-guided Zoo Art Tour brochure available to all zoo visitors. Entry fee is $15 for each sculpture submitted, with no limit to the number of entries; the fee is waived for the first entry from any student with a current valid school ID. Entry forms can be downloaded here picked up at the zoo ticket booth; questions about the contest can be sent to ten.o1408823288ozkra1408823288paiou1408823288qes@t1408823288ranom1408823288las1408823288.

Construction of the Watershed Heroes project is now well under way; the extensive underground utilities are now largely in place, and the topography is being formed. The contractors have started building the walls of the otter exhibits, and work on the artificial rockwork and pools that are at the center of Watershed Heroes will begin in January 2014.

 To learn more about the project and artwork specifications click here.

For more information:

Contact: Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager
Phone: 707-441-4227
E-mail: ten.o1408823288ozkra1408823288paiou1408823288qes@r1408823288egana1408823288mooz1408823288

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