PETER W. MICHEL, Sculptor     Sculpture in Celebration of Self, Relationship and Community
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"HONORING THE ONONDAGA CREEK"
A PUBLIC SCULPTURE for the Valley neighborhood of Syracuse
located next to the Onondaga Creek in Meachem Field
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The story goes that the Onondaga people remember the time when the Salmon were so plentiful in the Onondaga Creek that one could simply walk across on the creek on the backs of the fish..
 
The Valley neighborhood of Syracuse, NY  partnered with The Syracuse Public Art Commission, the City of Syracuse Departments of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs and Public Works and  the Onondaga Nation to create a new public sculpture beside the Onondaga Creek to celebrate the abundance of it's past and their restoration intentions for its future.   It honors the creek (water, nature) as the source of life.
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See a short Installation VIDEO and Photos by Post-Standard Photographer David Lassman
also see Melinda Johnson's full page spread on new public sculpture in Syracuse
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The Onondaga Nation has banned fracking from their lands in order to preserve the health of the waterways on their lands and beyond and are fierce advocates for others to do the same.  For info on the dangers of fracking see the webpage on fracking including info on the industry's case.  Click here for info.
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For photos of the fabrication process click here   For photos of installation click here
For design study drawings and models click here
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Honoring the Onondaga Creek
"Honoring the Onondaga Creek" 
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The sculpture is painted aluminum 6'-7" high x 3'-10" wide x 12'-0" long.
It is set on a concrete pad 4'-6" wide x 13'-6" long .
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For photos of the fabrication process click here   For photos of installation click here
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.The site location in the Valley
The site: bounded on the north by West Seneca Turnpike and on the west by the Onondaga Creek
The northwest corner of Meachem Field.
Site Location - Southeast corner of the briidge
Site location  -  scale and location are approximate  (revised 4/7/11)
Site Plan Sketch
The Onondaga Creek - the site is to the left
The Onondaga Creek as viewed from the bridge on West Seneca Turnpike (with telephoto lens)
   See fabrication process photos here      See photos of installation here
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 (See small desktop and wall mounted fish sculptures for sale in support of the Valley Neighborhood Public Art Project) 
Click here to see more details)  
Desktop Fish 01 wood Desktop Fish 02 wood Wall Mounted Fish
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Please contact me with your comments and questions by email at peter@petermichel.com or mail at the address below.
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 1997/2010 by Peter W. Michel                Posted 3-27-10   updated  10-31-14
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 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780 peter@petermichel.com