Art as Activism: Harro

Harro grew up street smart dodging ferry traffic on the salty shores of Mukilteo, in Snohomish County. His love for the unique Puget Sound environment is evident in his work. Where towering steel buildings meet waterfront ecosystems that are home to Urban Salmon that swim amongst us. Working with metals and patinas, his art is nature’s alchemy.  

Harro is an artist using his craft to support HCSEG in our mission to save wild salmon on the Hood Canal. When our planet needs us to show up for it the most, we must use the tools we have to do what we can. For Harro, his tool is his art. His pieces represent the distinct and peculiar creatures that live in the Puget Sound region.

“Growing up on the waters of Puget Sound had a profound effect on my life, beginning in my childhood.”

“Growing up on the waters of Puget Sound had a profound effect on my life, beginning in my childhood,” Harro recalls. “As a young child playing on the beach, my mother would scuba dive and bring up sea life for me to discover. Spending time on the water with my family are some of my most cherished memories and my art reflects the beauty that I see every day living on Puget Sound.”

Harro has donated several pieces to HCSEG; when you purchase one, all of the funds go towards our environmental conservation efforts. You can find them on display at HCSEG’s headquarters, the Salmon Center, located in Belfair, WA by the Union River Estuary Preserve. Having the support of our artist community, using their passion to save salmon in the Pacific Northwest, is incredibly hopeful and empowering.

“I use the beauty of the marine life to bring awareness to the fragility of our marine ecosystem.  Through conservation and public art, it gives voice to the threatened sea life.”

Together, we are a fierce community of activists and environmental stewards. Artists, scientists, writers, fisherman, outdoorsfolk, and earth-lovers alike, we are joining up to protect our wild home.

To contact Harro or view more artwork, visit his website here.

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Other places you can find Harro’s art:

Octapas Café – Olympia, WA
Lowercase Brewery TapRoom – Seattle, WA
Harstine Island Farmers Market – Shelton, WA
The Union City Marketplace – Union, WA
Alderbrook Resort – Union, WA
Grapeview Water & Arts Festival – Grapeview, WA

…and visit Hoodsport, WA to see several giant murals created by Harro in 2019-2020!