Artists turned to traditional stories to carve poles that then were cast in bronze. How did they do it?

Note: This story and pictures are courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute. Its bronze house posts welcome visitors to the institute’s Walter A. Soboleff Building. Rasmuson Foundation supported the cultural center with a $1.5 million grant for collection spaces and exhibit and artist areas.

Sealaska Heritage Institute unveiled three bronze house posts on the corner of Front and Seward Streets by the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau on Aug. 26 during a public ceremony and celebration. The posts were made by Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian artists—Stephen Paul Jackson, TJ Young and David Robert Boxley.

The bronzes are juxtaposed against the three monumental Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian pieces at the building made by master artists Preston Singletary, Robert Davidson and David A. Boxley. The cedar posts upon which the bronzes were based are currently on view at SHI and will be erected on the waterfront side of the Sealaska building. Click here for the full story of this remarkable artwork and the artists.

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