May 28, 2018
Discover Saint John Brings Back Public Art Initiative in 2018
Discover Saint John has announced that their wildly-popular Salmon Run public art initiative will be returning in 2018 with new installations. Salmon Run 2.0 is calling for submissions to paint or adorn 10 composite salmon sculptures that will be displayed in prominent locations around the city.
“Our Canada 150 Salmon Run installation was loved by locals and visitors to the city helping to bolster our vibrant uptown core with the unexpected,” says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John. “People have been asking about the sculptures which were just recently auctioned off as part of our 2017 agreement with the Province – they want more of them in the city. So today we are launching Salmon Run 2.0.”
Salmon Run 2.0 will see up to 10 individuals or teams paint or adorn a salmon sculpture for future public display in Saint John. There is no specific theme in 2018 and submissions will be evaluated by a jury.
The casts of Atlantic salmon are being created by New Brunswick artist John Morgan to create an urban kaleidoscope of salmon sculptures standing more than six feet tall when mounted.
The chosen participants will be given $2000 to invest in the creation of their concept. Upon completion, the salmon sculptures will be installed throughout the city for public viewing and remain the property of Discover Saint John for future installations. Discover Saint John will be creating a walking tour for “Salmon Run 2.0” available on their Saint John Walking Tours app (iOS and Android.)
Concept submissions are due by June 11, 2018. Selected participants will be notified on or before June 25, 2018 (updated). The official creation period will be July 2, 2018 – July 27, 2018 (updated).
Complete rules and regulations can be found here.
Jillian MacKinnon, Director Marketing & Communications – Discover Saint John