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Joanna Nasar
Communications Director
Turtle Island Restoration Network
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“Virtual Banner Hanging” Projection Highlighting Marin’s Endangered Coho Salmon Illuminated the Civic Center & Called on Supervisors to Act

San Rafael, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2016) – On Feb. 3 Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) ( and the SF Projection Department ( projected images and video of endangered coho salmon on the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California.

“We’re putting the spotlight on our endangered coho salmon, and we’re hoping to inspire our community and our supervisors to safeguard these fish once and for all,” said Todd Steiner, executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network and SPAWN. “If we fail to act now, all we will have left is images.”

The projection designed to encourage the Marin County Board of Supervisors to follow voters and environmentalists requests for a stronger streamside ordinance to protect salmon begun with beautiful videos of Marin’s coho salmon spawning, jumping waterfalls and swimming underwater. Next, the activists hung a virtually projected banner calling on the Marin County Board of Supervisors to enact salmon-friendly policies, and finally the show ended by flashing thousands of faces of Marin citizens personalized holding signs saying ‘I demand protection for coho salmon.’

“Our virtual high-tech banner-hanging allowed us to get our message across while assuring there would be no damage to the historic Civic Center or unnecessary danger to activists,” said Steiner, who remarked it perfectly fit Marin’s sensibilities to protect wildlife, human life and cultural assets.

The Marin County Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a national- and state-designated historic landmark. The Center was his last major design project before his death and the only government project of his design. The buildings unique architecture provided a stunning backdrop for the projected salmon to ‘swim’ across, and inspire change.

The large-scale projection was programmed to coincide with the Marin County Board of Supervisors upcoming meetings and talks around the streamside ordinance. Videos and images of the projection for media use are available here.

Turtle Island’s SPAWN program works protect endangered coho salmon focuses on protecting salmon and restoring their critical creekside habitat, and advocating for salmon-friendly policies.


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