Credit: Photographs courtesy of Chris Arend Photography
Earth, Sea, Sky: Cycles of Alaska Seasons
Bronze, 7 ft x 5 ft x 2 ft, 1998
This bronze sculpture represents the rhythms of Alaska’s natural environment. McCain did not intend to depict distinct species, but to express certain universal insights about nature. The cycles of the seasons are represented by the sculpture’s circular, flowing movement. The sculpture was a gift to the municipality from Eunice Silberer and friends in memory of Richard Silberer, a local business leader and arts advocate.
After attending art schools in San Francisco and Chicago, Jim McCain fulfilled a childhood dream to move to Alaska. While working as a commercial fisherman, he learned the fundamentals of woodcarving from a fellow crewmember, a Haida carver. His public art projects include Spirit of the Wolfpack at West Valley High School in Fairbanks. He lives in Colorado.