Wondering what to do in Fairbanks this time of year? Come visit this iconic arch made up of over 100 moose and caribou antlers collected all over Interior Alaska—Fairbanks, Minto, Ft. Yukon, Holy Cross, North Pole, Medfra, Huslia, Minto Flats, Dot Lake, Bull River, Woodriver, Delta, Tanana Flats, Northway, Tok, Koyukuk, Venetie, and Birch Creek. Thanks to the many hunters and collectors who supplied the antlers, to Wright Air Service and Everts Air Cargo for transporting the antlers to Fairbanks, and to the Downtown Association of Fairbanks for partnering on this impressive gateway to downtown Fairbanks. The arch is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by live webcam. When visiting Fairbanks, be sure to wave to your family and friends back home!
This arch of antlers might also be called an arch of stories. Hunting stories come to mind first, especially on seeing the magnificent first moose rack taken by 14-year-old Shawn Gover, a young boy from Nikolai. Like all the others here, each antler was given to the arch in the spirit of linking experiences from all around Alaska.
Knitted and knotted together here are memories of campfires, packboards, meat cutting tables, and warm kitchens shared with family and friends. Also to be found are memories of discovering the remains of a winterkill or a shed antler settling into a favorite berry patch –relics of wild animals whose language and life stories we know only fragments.
The gift of the arch is to let us imagine the personal stories and respect the intertwined lives represented here.Sandy Jamieson, Fairbanks artist who crafted the antler arch