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Carving His Niche
Published: 06/30/2008
Fisherman's Dance by Steve Jensen

Artist Steve Jensen makes a large contribution to Cannon Beach's public art scene with his trio of wood-carved sculptures.

Cannon Beach has three new residents. They are tall, stately and striking and they seem to fit in just perfectly. The trio, also known as "Fisherman's Dance" by Steve Jensen, is the newest winner of the Sculpture Without Walls competition and consequently will remain permanently in Cannon Beach. Jensen is no stranger to the world of community sculpture, with 27 other public installations located across the United States and in Japan. His creations are celebrated for their unique presence and the way they somehow harmonize with any environment. Jensen's wood, aluminum and bronze sculptures are inspired by the moving forces of nature. Bold structures carved with elegant lines evoke the spirits of flowing water and swirling wind. The descendant of Norwegian fishermen and boat builders, Jensen uses chisels passed down through generations and remains faithfully rooted in his nautical heritage. No living trees are sacrificed for his totemic pieces; only recycled, reclaimed and naturally felled wood is used. The artist's carvings, bronze castings and a selection of original oil paintings are currently featured at Northwest By Northwest Gallery in Cannon Beach. "Fisherman's Dance" can be found near the town's Sunset exit from Highway 101. Northwest By Northwest Gallery is located at 232 N Spruce in Cannon Beach, (503) 436-0741. - By Jenna Boyle

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