“I chose Romeo the wolf as the subject of my first bronze sculpture because he was the ultimate ambassador for the Wilderness. There is a magic in interspecies connections. Through his social interactions he educated people to understand that wolves are complex thinking beings worthy of our respect and protection. Healthy populations of wolves denote a healthy ecosystem. GSACC has worked tirelessly on behalf of the constantly threatened Alexander Archipelago wolf and its habitat. 40% of the profits from the sale of this sculpture will go directly to fund GSACC’s efforts.”
The wolf is cast bronze mounted upon a stainless steel plate patinated to look like ice. The base is walnut. The edition will be limited to 30. The wolf measures approximately 13” from the nose to the tail tip, 8 1/2″ at the top of the shoulder, and 9 1/2″ to the top of the ears. Romeo is depicted with intently-focused eyes, ears, and nose, focussing a split second before he swerves to the right.
The following radio commentary by Joan Kautzer, sculptor of “Romeo,” exemplifies her connection with Canis lupus ligoni — a subspecies known as the Alexander Archipelago wolf. in the commentary, Joan speaks in opposition to a proposal by the state of Alaska, after allowing unsustainable clearcutting of old growth forest habitat, and then instituting “intensive management” (a directed wolf trapping and hunting program that would reduce wolves by 80% in target areas.) This was deemed necessary because the clearcuts and associated road system eliminated critical deer winter habitat resulting in decimated Sitka blacktail deer populations.
To get your own Romeo sculpture, please phone the artist @ 907-518-0129. The artist will handle the entirety of the transaction.
What’s the issue with logging, wolves and deer? This video presentation explains it brilliantly. Called Wolves in Southeast Alaska, it was delivered by former Alaska Department of Fish & Game wolf & deer researcher Dr. David Person, at the Alaska Board of Game’s November 2010 meeting in Ketchikan. It is even more poignant now than it was then. GSACC and Greenpeace have recreated the presentation by combining the official audio recording of the presentation with the original PowerPoint. ( 34 minutes, plus 18 minutes of Q-&-A from the Board of Game. )
Ocean Acidification and Southeast Alaska’s Fisheries: A video essay by GSACC board member David Beebe.
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