Jack Balas, 2019; THE SALMON LADDER (#1854); watercolor & ink on paper, 30" x 22"
This guy was up on a scaffold with no shirt, warm day that it was in Terrace, B.C.., painting the wall of a building. I had just come from the library where they had an art show all about salmon. In Whitehorse they've built fish ladders so salmon can climb up around the dam across the Yukon, but in Terrace the Skeena is not dammed at all, so the salmon come to spawn unimpeded. "Dude, you missed a spot," I called up to him. "Let me show you." "Damn," I said to myself as I reached for the first rung on the ladder.
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