In the late 1990′s Michael Zimmer commissioned several artists in residence at his “Sardine Museum and Herring Hall of Fame” on Grand Manan Island in The Bay of Fundy. Among the few remaining creations is this large mural made primarily from the wooden sticks on which herring were skewered, hung, and smoked in one of a hundred large smoking sheds that dominated the island’s aroma and economy for over a hundred years. Now, not a single shed is fired up and this mural has begun to fall from it’s un-galvinized nails.
Zimmer died 3 years ago and there is no living memory about who did this piece, we’d like to find the artist so he or she can have the opportunity to restore the work before it falls off the wall. It seems to be signed with the initials RAD. The piece currently shares space with a gang of lobster traps in the summer months when the Canadian season is closed.
Private viewings can be arranged through Megan Ingalls at The Sardine Museum in Seal Cove.