Roger Fernandes
Snoqual/Moon the Transformer
2012

LOCATION
Lower Queen Anne Hill
Thomas Street and Third Avenue West

FUNDING SOURCE
Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds


Artist and story teller Roger Fernandes created an artwork gateway to the entry of the Thomas Street Pedestrian Bridge. The finished wooden construction, Snoqual/Moon the Transformer, is based on a mythic story told by many local Puget Sound Salish tribes. Carved in the Salish style of flat, low reliefs, it's painted in a palette of traditional, natural earth pigments: black, red, white, blue and various shades of brown and ochre.

The artwork is made up of two 4' x 9' x 4" carved and painted cedar panels that share elements of the story of Snoqual and other cultural references. Connecting the two panels is a cross beam, in the middle of which is placed a metal cutout of Snoqual's face. Translucent glass is placed between two identical metal cutouts of Snoqual's face allowing light to interact with the glass and metal sculpture. All these elements are combined to suggest the structure of a cedar plank house made by the local tribes.

Fernandes is a member of Lower Elwha Band of the Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles area of Washington. His work relates to art, language, ceremony and story. Fernandez tells Native American stories from this region for his tribe and other tribes of the Puget Sound area. He has four brothers who all are active in the culture with singing, basket making, artwork and stories.

Snoqual/Moon the Transformer story.mp3    (Transcript)
Meaning of story in Snoqual/Moon the Transformer.mp3    (Transcript)
Snoqual/Moon the Transformer artwork description.mp3    (Transcript)


The images below are of Snoqual/Moon the Transformer by Roger Fernandes, created in traditional Coast Salish style and contemporary interpretation.
Blue Moon Dark Moon Frog and Moon Moon and Spirit Red Moon
and Salmon
Red Salmon Moon Salish Moon
and Salmon
Smiling Moon Speaking Moon Winter Moon