"Farmed Salmon" by Cindy Shake
for the Wild Salmon on Parade
After receiving comments on the virtues of FRESH, wild Alaska Salmon, I had to post a sculpture I made a few years ago for the Wild Salmon on Parade, here in Anchorage. My entry was titled "Farmed Salmon." This was totally inspired after eating some store bought salmon one winter I naively thought was REAL salmon. The fillet's were beautiful in color, mushy in texture and tasted like how a fish tank smells! I was totally grossed out. "Farmed Salmon" was created using one of the King Salmon taxidermy molds distributed to selected, participating artists. I then used legs from a Thrift store rocking horse (again, deconstruction took place when Gus was out of the shop...). My hubby came to my rescue with his construction skills, patience and finesse in helping me attach the legs to the body (pre drilling, and using sheetrock screws) to the fragile fish mold. I used plumbers putty to sculpt the rooster comb and fill in the area around where the legs attached, and finish sanded. The whole sculpture had to be outdoor safe and weather proof for display on a free standing display stand that eventually was auctioned for charity. I used a nice coat of outdoor, sign painters enamel for the finish and sealer.