Aug. 31 was moving day for a large origami artwork, “Forest of Lost Souls,” created by islander Alice Larson and formerly housed in her recently-closed gallery, Island Paper Chase.
The artwork’s new home is in the window of Voice of Vashon’s (VOV) Jean Bosch Studio — an ideal location, said Larson, to keep the artwork on view after the sudden closure of her shop, which had been forced by her landlord after he had found another tenant for the space.
Larson began to create “Forest of Lost Souls” in 2021, fashioning a hanging origami crane for each person who had died of COVID-19 in King County. It now features more than 3,000 cranes, with gold ones representing lives lost on Vashon.
On moving day, Larson assembled a team to help walk the artwork two doors down the street to VOV, including Bill Jarcho, Greg Burnham, Kate Dowling, Richard Rogers, Paul Clark and Evy Horton. Islander Peter Ray was also on hand to document the move with still photography and video.