Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Artworks like this don't come too often. This steelhead sculpture was brought to life out of sheer grassroots enthusiasm. It was brought to the museum using that same power too. 

Photo courtesy of Jack Moreau
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Yosuke Kitazawa
Published: 13 May 2015, KCET

A dark mantle settled over Los Angeles on a Friday night, near the end of April. Beneath the veil rippled a strange sight, a 35-foot steelhead fish skeleton sculpture swam -- glided, really -- from Burbank to Downtown Los Angeles, with nine cyclists and two support drivers in tow: Jenny Sarpolis, Aylee Rhodes, Naomi Pitcairn, Adeel Mansoor, Anna Basinski, Jennifer Vassos, Ignacio Genzon, Rob Sankey, Noel Rhodes, Doug Weiskopf, and Kreigh Hampel. It could have been an miasma created in the depths of the night, but it wasn't. It was the creation borne of generosity and ingenuity.

"The migration couldn't have happened on a more beautiful midnight. Everything went better than expected," says Hampel, a builder of boats, props and furniture. "We made it through narrow gates, over four bridges, and around obstacles." [read more]


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