The Story

Artist Victoria Fuller designed Canoe Fan twelve years ago. She found a large group of canoes from an adventure company in Michigan and purchased them, sight unseen, from a photograph. When the canoes arrived in Chicago, they were extremely dented and Victoria realized it would take a lot of work and money to repair them. She did not have the funds to see her creation realized at that time. Eventually, she was able to save enough money to invest in this sculpture and created it. She has found a temporary location for the completed Canoe Fan sculpture in Gallup Park in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now she is seeking a permanent home for it. 

About Canoe Fan

Canoe Fan is made from nine 15 foot aluminum canoes to form a fan shape. The canoes are bolted to a steel base, designed and engineered to be safe for outdoors for the public and to last in perpetuity if maintained properly. The dimensions are approximately 35 feet wide, 18 feet high, and 20 inches deep. The design recalls images found in nature and culture, like a water lily flower unfolding, peacock or turkey feathers spreading, the sun on the horizon, and a Native American headdress. The holes are a design element that renders the canoes useless, but allow wind to pass through. Boats symbolize passage from one world into the next. It is a portal and symbol of passage, unfolding, flowering. Symbolically, the canoes in the sculpture represent the historic use of watercraft by Native Americans and early settlers living alongside rivers and lakes, and it also reflects forms found in natural habitats.