These four Salish designed salmon represent mature male and female salmon that are born in local rivers and then make their way to the sea as fingerlings. After four years they return to the waters of their birth to spawn, die, and repeat the great cycle of life once again. The female salmon arches downward to symbolize the laying of eggs. The male salmon arches upward, representing the moment of fertilization.
Watch the video of artist Jody Broomfield discussing his public artwork Return of the Spawning Salmon.