'Sea Beaver and Jewel Raven' unveiling to be rescheduled
July 06, 2010
'The Rock' was designed to honor in life-size 7-figures from Ketchikan's past: Chief Johnson, The Logger; The Fisher, The Miner, The Aviator, A Native Elder Woman, and an Elegant Lady. The principle artists were David Rubin, Terry Pyles and Judy Rubin.
However, The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council received news late last week that the 2 resin piling caps (Sea Beaver and Jewel Raven) created by local artist, Stephen Jackson, would not be completed in time for installation and Sunday's scheduled dedication ceremonies at the entrance to Thomas Basin.
Kathleen Light, Executive Director of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, said it was unfortunate and regrettable that these pieces by Jackson wouldn't make it in time for the July 4th ceremonies. "However, since this is such a significant addition both to the arts and to the culture of our community, it is best to allow the artist additional time to make sure that the job is done correctly," said Light.
The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce have been working in cooperative effort with the City of Ketchikan in the planning and scheduling of the unveiling ceremonies of Rubin's and Jackson's pieces.
"We'll remain optimistic, respect the artistic process, and appreciate that he [Jackson] wants his pieces to represent Ketchikan well. We will shoot for the dedication ceremony to be incorporated into the annual Blueberry Arts Festival," said Ashcraft.
In 2007 the City of Ketchikan, in conjunction with plans for a new Dock Reconfiguration, allotted $150,000 towards Public Art.
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