FOLLOWUP: ‘Return’ of the Fauntleroy fish


The Fauntleroy fish-ladder overlook hasn’t been the same since the fish were stolen from its art installation in June of last year. But new fish are arriving, thanks to the artist. The photo and report are from Fauntleroy Creek steward Judy Pickens:

Artist Tom Jay brought a big drill to begin installation of new coho and cutthroat sculptures at the fish-ladder viewpoint (upper Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Director). The original aluminum fish were stolen in June 2015. This time, Jay built the sculptures using several techniques that have proven to protect art from such vandalism. His “Stream Echo” installation at the viewpoint dates from 1998, when the city built the fish ladder and applied 1% of the construction cost to public art. The new fish will be duly welcomed at the annual salmon drumming on Sunday, October 30, at 5 pm.

The overlook is across Fauntleroy Way (and up the embankment) from the ferry dock.

5 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: 'Return' of the Fauntleroy fish"

  • Chuck September 12, 2016 (3:47 pm)

    Really hoping the metal thieves aren’t already lining up… Glad the artist is taking another chance!

  • JayDee September 12, 2016 (5:59 pm)

    Who is paying for the restoration?  Would the Walking on Logs missing statue benefit from the same treatment if it could be replicated?

  • Judy Pickens September 13, 2016 (8:16 am)

    I can’t speak to Walking on Logs but I can report that the city’s 1% for Arts program includes such restoration in its budget.  The city regularly refreshes this art installation with a protective sealant and, in this instance, paid the artist to recreate and install the fish.  He will be back at some point to do a little “aging” of the concrete right next to the fish so that they look more at home.

  • JayDee September 13, 2016 (5:40 pm)

    Thanks — I love the 1% program.

  • momof3boys September 14, 2016 (1:35 pm)

    Thank you Mr. Jay!  

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