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
Hiram Chittenden Locks Fish Ladder
Visitor Center/Fish-Viewing Windows
US Army Corps of Engineers
3015 NW 54th Street, Ballard
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.