The Fin Project: From Swords into Plowshares

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1998
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High-tensile steel fused to syntactic foam; carboline mb 133 satin black paint; concrete, 12' X 300' X 500’.

This work is an environmentally scaled sculpture created using the actual diving-plane fins from decommissioned United States Navy attack submarines built in the 1960s. The fins are arranged to simulate the dorsal fins of a large Orca whale pod or a school of salmon. This artwork represents the ultimate in recycling...."From Swords into Plowshares". The artwork uses 22 fins placed at various angles and heights (ranging from four feet to twelve feet), and traverse about 500 feet in length.

The work is located in Magnuson Park at Sand Point in Seattle. Magnuson Park has particular resonance as a site due to the former U.S. Navy Base at Sand Point which recently became a Seattle Park. Sited there, the artwork serves as a positive historic monument of the Navy's involvement on the site. This artwork is also one of the first memorials in the United States to honor those men and women who served our country during the Cold War.

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Magnuson Park, 6550 Sand Point Wy NE
Seattle

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