The Alaska Arts Confluence’s Fort Seward sculpture garden has inspired the imaginations of Haines artists involved in the endeavor.
For Sarah Bishop, it’s conjured up thoughts about the past and the people who used to live here generations ago.
“We were asked to think about the barracks and the history of it. And I started to think about all the people that were here and how quickly we don’t know much about the past generations.”
Bishop says people often know a little about their grandparents, maybe even their great-grandparents, but beyond that, knowledge tends to fade.
“I just think it’s interesting that there were all these people here. And I wonder about the families these people came from and their dreams and aspirations and hobbies and how all of that dissipates so quickly.”
She created dozens of cast glass fish to represent those mysterious lives.
“They symbolize all of the people that have been in the community and have passed through the community.”
She chose clear glass to evoke ‘a sense of the ephemeral, or the spirit, or the soul.’ To conjure up feelings of past.
Then, one by one, she placed the fish in a metal nest representing the community.
“It’s cradling and holding containing all of the fish inside it and protecting them from the outside world. But it’s also a cage of sorts and trapping them in.”
The piece is titled ‘Generations of Dreamers.’
“[There were] generations of people here who had there lives and their hopes and their dreams and their own histories which we know very little about but at some point they lived here and they contributed. And I imagine there’s still some trickle-down of that effect.”
The outdoor art project involves more than a dozen local artists. It is funded by a grant from ArtPlace America Foundation.
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