Daniel Collet led this project from beginning to end and is also responsible for building the beautiful Frame which includes driftwood found on our river's edge. The project includes 40,000 year old salmonoid fossils retrieved from the Thompson river area and donated by J.A. Fraser. The wood for the frame was donated by Lloyd Wongs and originally came from the Old Harper Mill. Stephanie Walker donated many pieces of debris found in the river below the school and these pieces were utilized to illustrate the pollution that has been happening since this area was inhabited by settlers.
This 14 ' structure was created in a seven month period in our mosaic studio at the Hub, Ashcroft. Many students were involved with small pieces of glass art that were included within the flow of the river and three older students spent 60 hours each helping Marina and Daniel to create this piece which reflects on the importance of keeping our rivers and waterways clean and safe for our salmon, wildlife and the environment we all want to enjoy.
The River Runs Through is a continuation of a theme near and dear to Marina's heart. In 1996 Marina began four years of working with 1000 students per year along with local, national and international artists as well as First Nations (she lived on the Squamish Nation),the Rivershed Society (Marina designed their Logo, illustrated below) and other local Salmon Enhancement programs, to illustrate the need to pay attention to what we are doing to our Rivers as well as to our wildlife. The Shows were called "Our Salmon, Our Children, One Earth".
The salmon were recreated on plywood and painted by children and placed on fences of schoolyards all over British Columbia and is a reminder that Salmon and our Rivers are Sacred.