The Return Home, Stainless Steel, 84" h x 84" w x 24" d, 2008
The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council commissioned The Return Home for the Bath Street Pedestrian Bridge in Providence, RI. On one side, the sculpture serves as an important indicator for the Woonasquatucket River, while on the other side, descriptive text educates visitors and residents on the river's history. The sculpted school of fish, "swim" over the round discs which is symbolic of the circle of life and the rivers' connection to the ocean.
Recently, a fish ladder was installed down stream near Rising Sun Mills and anadromous fish are able to migrate to the fresh water to spawn. When one has the opportunity to view a school of fish passing through the fresh water, it is astonishing to note that they are such a tight-knit group of fish, swimming, moving and working together. This vibrancy, life and growth can also be discovered within the community. The piece was installed in March 2008. Funding for Ms. Christy's sculpture was provided by EPA Region One, The Foundry, and the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts.