Monday, October 17, 2011

Immortal crab

If you've recently been to UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences building at Lena Point in Juneau, you have probably seen this:

here they come!

It's an amazing wall of bronze fish swimming in towards the building's front doors. This project was a collaboration between Ray Troll (you know him from... pretty much every fish-themed artwork in southeast Alaska, including this mural over at UAS) and sculptor Gary Staab. They had to catch the fish, make bronze casts out of them, paint them accurately, then attach them all in an orderly fashion to the brick wall!

But what's missing here? That's right! No crabs! At least that's what I thought until someone pointed out a sneaky little guy on the rocks by the door:

a sweet little Dungeness crab
(Metacarcinus magister)

proclaiming domination over the
hoards of fish behind him!

The little Dungy was attached by drilling a hole INTO THE ROCK! Hard core! You can see some photos through the progression of the whole project here. And don't worry, there's also a spiny lumpsucker camped out on another rock!

"Don't forget about me! The greatest fish around!"

So if you're ever in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and see these amazing fish and sweet little immortalized crab!

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