Waves: A Ripple Effect
Guillermo the Golden Trout
1997 - March 1998
Art Center, Richmond, California
installation embodies Thompson's ongoing concern with healing
and survival. The focus is the scarcity of drinkable water left
on the planet. The main centerpiece was an immense 50 foot, 800
pound recycled metal Golden Trout. The artist chose this California
State fish as a symbol of hope, since it had been classified as
endangered until recent human attention and creative efforts succeeded
in its healthy survival. A clear world globe dripped drinkable
water in the center of the courtyard.
from the children's art classes were invited to do bright chalk
drawings of endangered creatures in between the ground waves,
which radiated outward from the centerpiece onto the roof, where
metal waves surrounded the space.