Salmon art installation swimming into library garden


October 19, 2023

Orin Pierson

Josef Quitslund welds rebar to create a fence for hanging salmon-shaped pieces of painted plywood. He aims to create a structure that simulates a stream or flowing river with the way the fish will hang. "We're kind of making a colorful screen of fishy water movement," he says. "I'm just kind of piecing this together, seeing how it goes."

The garden in front of the Petersburg Public Library has the first stage of a new art installation in the works - blending into the background, awaiting the focal pieces.

Josef Quitslund welded an intricate fence last month, just "putting up the framework" for what will soon become a school of salmon swimming up Haugen drive.

Around a hundred salmon-shaped pieces of colorfully painted plywood will hang from the rebar structure - moving with the wind and swimming through the garden midair.

Library Program Coordinator Kari Petersen approached local artist Pia Reilly earlier this year with the pr...

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