NOTE: Anchorage Good News reporter is traveling outside of Alaska
A metal sheep watches over the Las Vegas Strip, on West Russell Road and Las Vegas Hwy, Nevada
A metal salmon spawns interest at the William Jack Henandez Sport Fish Hatchery on Reeve Blvd and Post Road, Anchorage, Alaska
It may sound silly to have art be a part of construction, but these eye-catching statues remind us of the natural beauty of the area. Whether it is for a landmark for fish hatchery, or simply art on an overpass, cities in states from Alaska to Nebraska, participate in the 1% for Art Program. Anchorage has been requiring “1% of the construction budget for public buildings for commissioned works of art” since 1978, to promote local art and artists. Seattle began in 1973, New York in 1982, according to Caterpicklers. Although not found on the list of 28 states and territories on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies website, Nevada has plenty of art scattered around the blossoming city of Las Vegas. Drawings of local wildlife, flora, and people etched into overpasses, and statues of horses, birds, and sheep line the streets.
Do you know how many different animals are represented around Anchorage? And, if you go see the metal fish at the hatchery, go inside and learn more about the fish. To see the the visiting hours check out their website. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportStockingHatcheryInfo.williamjackhernandez