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Taku (1972)

Dale DeArmond
Artist's Edition: 28
Unknown proofs were produced

Print size: 8 ½" x 11 ¾"
Image size: 6 ¾" x 7"

AKA: Little Bird and Sun

Editor's note: unlike most illustrations from Juneau: A Book of Woodcuts (the tiny bird features both on its slipcase and inside the book, along with the sun), this print was not offered for purchase – most likely because, in this case, it had already been previously editioned. It was created from a single woodblock; Dale would ink both images at the same time – using different colors – then pull the print. It is unlike how she traditionally created multi-colored prints, which would typically use a separate block for each color. Also pictured is the original carved woodblock. Also see: Dandelions.

In this print, a tiny feather-rumpled snow bird is shown braving the bitter Taku wind:

The only way to get back and forth between the two towns was by ferry boat. The ride in the little ferry was a pleasant expedition in summer but in winter with the Taku wind blowing and ice building up it was an adventure to go from Juneau to Douglas or back, often a very uncomfortable adventure.