This handmade mobile portrays a community of salmon preparing for their journey home. When the conditions for spawning are perfect, millions of salmon scattered across the ocean swim thousands of kilometers to reunite at the mouth of their native river. Together they will travel upstream battling strong currents, incredible elevations, and natural predators to deliver the next generation to the same waters from which they were born.
Salmon have an innate connection to their birthplace. It's thought that salmon are guided by the unique scent of their home waters. By the end of their migration they will feed the land, water, and wildlife of the watershed, a contribution that will help guide future generations home.
Laser-cut from recycled red paper and salvaged topographic maps, the seven hanging pieces depict 10 sockeye salmon and a bear family in their habitat. The salmon are realistically rendered in red silhouette while the flipside reveals the colourful topographic maps. Topographic maps are used to reflect the uniqueness of each watershed and the connection between wildlife and habitat.
45 iPod cases and a large-scale version of Redfish were featured in the Royal Ontario Museum in 2010 as part of the Toronto International Design Festival hosted by the Institute for Contemporary Culture in Toronto
Mobiles are made from outdated maps. These beautiful maps are no longer current and would otherwise be recycled into paper fiber. Cardstock is made from post-consumer waste (white card: 100% PCW; coloured card: 30% PCW, the highest percentage available).
Maps for our mobiles are sourced from local travel companies and other institutions.
Pieces for the mobile are laser cut locally, then hand tied in our Vancouver workshop. We are committed to craftsmanship and quality products.