Tresham Gregg. (Emily Files)

Tresham Gregg. (Emily Files)

The Fort Seward Sculpture Garden in Haines involves more than a dozen local artists. Each has their own vision of what they want to add to the burnt-out barracks where many of the installations are placed. Some blend in, but Tresham Gregg’s piece stands out. The metal sculpture is a sort of phoenix rising from the ashes. But with an Alaska twist.

“It’s just a concept of mine where the Northern Lights turn into eagles and ravens. And in this case, both at the same time,” Gregg said. “So it’s kind of a love spirit, the merge of the ravens and eagles of the Native tradition…it’s a balance between the two — a peace symbol, in a sense.”

The piece is called ‘Aurora Alter.’ Gregg also plans to create an alter out of the rubble rocks of the barracks.

The longtime Haines resident is stepping out of his comfort zone for this project.

“It’s an experiment on my part…I’m not really a metal sculptor, I’m a wood scupltor.”

Tresham Gregg working on his installation in the burnt-out Fort barracks. (Emily Files)

Tresham Gregg working on his installation in the burnt-out Fort barracks. (Emily Files)

Like he’s done before, Gregg is teaching himself to work with a new medium. The seven-by-four-foot peice was made out of stainless steel and cut with a plasma cutter.

“It’s got an eagle head on one side and a raven head on the other. And then their wings become Northern Lights.”

He colored the metal with a propane torch. Purple, blue, and rust colors slowly worked their way onto the silver metal.

Gregg uses a propane torch to color the metal. (Emily Files)

Gregg uses a propane torch to color the metal. (Emily Files)

“I’m enchanted with the concept of the Northern Lights and the eagle and the raven,” Gregg said. “I think what I’m trying to acheive here is something rising out of the rubble as opposed to just blending in with the rubble.”

The Alaska Arts Confluence project is funded by a grant from the ArtPlace America Foundation.


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Sarah Bishop

Kerry Cohen with her completed ceramic installation. (Emily Files)

Kerry Cohen

Adrian Revenaugh with her in-progress installation. (Emily Files)

Adrian Revenaugh

Jim Heaton carving the backs of the welcome figure panels. (Emily Files)

Jim Heaton

Megan Morehouse with her mosaic for the Fort Seward Outdoor Art Project. (Emily Files)

Megan Morehouse

John Svenson with his in-progress mosaic. (Emily Files)

John Svenson

John Hagen with a print of his photograph that will be blown up and displayed at Port Chilkoot dock. (Emily Files)

John Hagen

Katie Craney painting on a rusted boiler door on the Fort Seward barracks ruins. (Emily Files)

Katie Craney

Dave Pahl and 'The Tank with the Crank.' (Jillian Rogers)

Dave Pahl

Andrea Nelson is using scrap metal salvaged from the barracks and installing it on the wall to her right. (Emily Files)

Andrea Nelson

Jeff Moskowitz uses Adobe Illustrator to digitally recreate a map from 1905. (Emily Files)

Jeff Moskowitz

Gene Kennedy welds re-bar into the shape of a dog. (Emily Files)

Gene Kennedy

Debi Knight Kennedy holds pieces of her found object sculpture.

Debi Knight Kennedy

Donna Catotti painting Tlingit regalia for the Fort Seward art project.

Donna Catotti