PETER W. MICHEL, Sculptor     Sculpture in Celebration of Self, Relationship and Community
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"HONORING THE ONONDAGA CREEK"
painted wood maquette for
a PUBLIC SCULPTURE for the Valley neighborhood of Syracuse
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Honoring the Onondaga Creek - Tabletop
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Detail
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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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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
 Installed sculpture 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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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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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 3-20-18   updated  3-20-18
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 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780 peter@petermichel.com