Coho Salmon Virtually ‘Swim’ Across Frank Lloyd Wright Building

Last night, just as darkness fell, the SF Projection Department and Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) met in front of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece – the Marin County Civic Center.

The buildings oval shaped windows and unique triangle spire, and historic landmark status coupled with the important legal and community discussions that happen within its walls, make it stand out in Marin as an important building.

Turtle Island chose to use this building for a direct action to raise awareness for endangered coho salmon in Marin County, Calif., and to call on the Marin County Board of Supervisors to follow voters and environmentalists requests and put in place a stronger streamside ordinance to protect endangered coho salmon.

At around 7 pm under clear skies, the SF Projection Department began to set up their specialized equipment, and by 7:30 pm the show kicked off with the virtual hanging of a protest banner. The banner  (pictured below) said: “Marin Supervisors: Act Now Before It Is Too Late.’

‘Marin Supervisors: Act Now Before It Is Too Late’ SaveMarinsCoho.Org

Next, the beautiful underwater footage the endangered coho salmon, swimming, spawning and leaping waterfalls illuminated the building.

Coho salmon virtually swim across the Marin County Civic Center.
Coho salmon virtually swim across the Marin County Civic Center.

The projected fish, caught visitors attention and imagination.  Charlie Mize of San Rafael stopped by to watch and spoke with the Marin Independent Journal, telling them, “I like the fish swimming along the building. Visually it’s interesting. I haven’t seen this done before.”

As the final act, Turtle Island projected thousands of images of Marin citizens holding signs saying “I demand protection for coho salmon.” Youth, families, teachers, and celebrities like Patagonia Founder Yovan Chouinard faces flashed up on the side of the building in rapid succession.


Now, we are hoping that the Marin County Board of Supervisors will take up this important issue again, and finally do what is necessary to save these federally endangered fish. If they don’t, all we may be left with is their images.

Please join our campaign to protect coho salmon at