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.
First Nations - Core-10 Steel
About the Artist:
Jody Broomfield was born in North Vancouver and now resides on the traditional village of Xwemelch'stn (Homulchesan) in West Vancouver. A full time artist since 1999, Jody has observed and studied the Salish Art Form intensively. He employs many mediums, including wood, etched glass, metal and clothing, to create beautiful masks, panels, carved doors and house posts as well as an array of paintings, prints and jewellery.