There are a lot of salmon around in Oregon and these two sculptures of them caught my eye on a visit several years ago. The first is called “Transcendence” and is an outdoor bronze sculpture by Keith Jellum. It depicts a fish flying through the brickwork above Southpark Seafood at the northwestern corner of Southwest Salmon Street and Southwest Park Avenue in Downtown Portland, The second is the “Salmon Gargoyle” which is an outdoor sculpture by Wayne Chabre, installed in 1988 on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. The hammered copper head of a salmon has a Kwakiutl Indian representation on its sides, and is an architectural feature on the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

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