Redmond park dedicated in honor of Dudley Carter | Slideshow
September 14, 2012 · Updated 11:55 AM
On Saturday, more than 75 people attended dedication ceremony for Dudley Carter Park.
City of Redmond Mayor John Marchione spoke at the event and there were presentations and performances by the Snoqualmie tribe, Carter family members and award-winning American Indian storyteller and flutist Paul "Che oke ten" Wagner.
The mayor provided a proclamation to the Carter family, who traveled to Redmond from Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada.
In addition, about two dozen people attended an art walk, which featured sculptures by Dudley Carter, the park's namesake. The highlight of the tour was the Replica of the Haida House IV, which was open to the public with a poster of Carter and artifact exhibit by the Redmond Historical Society.
Carter was born in 1891 in British Columbia, Canada, where he learned to carve from the local Salish people. He started his career as a timber cruiser and engineer. During the Great Depression, Carter won a soap-carving contest and earned a scholarship to study at the Seattle Art Institute.
In his 40s, Carter began his second career as a sculptor and quickly made a name for himself in the Pacific Northwest. He was invited to create carvings at San Francisco's 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition, where he befriended Mexican artist Diego Rivera.
Carter carved hundreds of sculptures and they are on display throughout the world.
In 1988, Carter served as King County's first artist in residence at the park that has been dedicated to him in Redmond. He lived, worked in the community from 1988 to his death in 1992. During his last days, his family and friends helped resurrect Replica of a Haida House IV.