Proposal Synopsis: Lot's Tribe: Salt Witnesses is a temporary memorial to victims of war in the Middle East installed in Seattle on September 11, 2006: They are three life sized figures, each cast in salt; a young boy, blindfolded, squatting with his hands tied behind his back; a man collapsed on the ground, weeping, his eyes clenched shut against something he has just witnessed, a grief-stricken father carrying a limp child runs away from the site of an explosion. The white, crystalline figures stood in the downtown park for three months, sudden incursions of unwelcome reality into our daily lives, until the rains and vandalism finally took their toll.
The artist would welcome the opportunity to recast and install these figures in other locations, ideally in the major cities of the nations directly involved in the Iraqi War. Further, it is the intention of the artist that the group grow with the addition of figures of other innocent victims, sculpted in collaboration with artists in each of these major cities.
Artist's Biography: Michael Magrath was born in 1961. Primarily self taught, he has nonetheless studied and taught in a number of rich sculptural environments, including the Seattle Academy of Fine Art, and University of Washington. In addition, has studied in Rome and at the Florence Academy of Art. In 2002 he was a resident artist and instructor at the Art Academy of London. Since receiving his MFA in 2004, Magrath has been teaching figure sculpture and drawing at the Gage Academy in Seattle. He is currently a full time instructor in Sculpture and Public art at the University of Washington.