Jack Straw Productions
Salmon Suite
Salmon Suite
Salmon Suite
Salmon Suite

Salmon Suite is a collection of five poems by Seattle poet Judith Roche about the dynamic life cycle of the Pacific Northwest's native wild salmon. Salmon Suite is produced as part of the Seattle Arts Commission's Salmon in the City project to foster awareness of the recent listing of Chinook Salmon as threatened under the Endangered species act of the United States. A series of artist initiated public art projects are located in communities around the city.

The project is presented at the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Seattle's historic Ballard district, which are the gateway to the Seattle watershed and a very important site to the salmon. A poster of the "Salmon Suite" poems designed by Barbara Longo will be on display at the fish viewing windows at the visitors center together with an interactive CD produced by Jack Straw Productions engineer Matthew Bauer. The CD consists of recorded information intertwining the poems with existing informational material at the Locks. The public can press a button at the fish-viewing windows and hear Judith's poems woven into text already written by the US Army Corps of Engineers at the Locks.

The Five Seasonal Salmon Runs:
January though mid-April: Steelhead
Mid-April through June: Smolt
June through August: Sockeye
August/September: Sockeye/Chinook
September-December: Coho/Chinook/Sockeye

Project site:
Hiram Chittenden Locks Fish Ladder
Visitor Center/Fish-Viewing Windows
US Army Corps of Engineers
3015 NW 54th Street, Ballard
Seattle, WA
Ph: 206/789-2622 ext 211

Sunday June 10 at 2:00 pm
Jack Straw Productions
Judith will read excerpts from Salmon Suite at the opening celebration of "Salmon Song," an installation by Jim Pridegeon who is also a featured artist in "Salmon in the City."

This website features all five Salmon Suite poems in HTML format - with downloadable audio - and a multimedia flash version (this is a large file and may take a minute to download) . The flash version requires the Macromedia Flash Player and the audio requires Quick Time, WinMedia Player or another MP3-compatible media player.

Salmon Suite was produced in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers at Hiram Chittendam Locks and Jack Straw Productions.

Commissioned through combined Percent for Art funding from Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light and administered by the Seattle Arts Commission, City Of Seattle, Paul Schell, Mayor.



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