“The Big Catch” by sculptor Douglas Granum

Unveiling & installation of Public Sculpture, The Big Catch, will take place at the Gig Harbor Museum on July 8th.

“The Big Catch” bronze sculpture (22″H base 9.5 W x 6.5 D ) is based on a 1909 Asahel Curtis photograph of a cannery worker and was created for the Gig Harbor Historical Society.

Original Photograph by Aschel Curtis.

Bronze, 22″H base 9.5 W x 6.5 D © Douglas Granum

“The Big Catch” is a symbol o the inherent values expressed in the culture of Gig Harbor. It is too easy to forget our culture without Public Art.

Even though the technologies and ways of living change over the years, the values are foundational. Our children, neighbors and visitors will now be able to catch a glimpse of Gig Harbors lifestyle, its community values, its history, and its key economic industries-of who we are-through a moment in the day of a working man portrayed by the “Big Catch”.

The artist, working in clay, and the final piece. © Douglas Granum

Douglas Granum works in sculpture with stone, steel & bronze.  He created the bronze sculpture for the Gig Harbor History Museum called “The Big Catch”, based on a 1909 photograph of a cannery worker with a King Salmon taken by Asahel Curtis.  For the 7th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival  he is creating a sterling silver canoe cast  from  an earlier carved wooden canoe utilizing scanning technology working with  by Rob Arps who has also worked with Georgia Gerber on sculpture projects . Rob Arps will be here as part of the festival to talk about this new technology.