Vietnam-born artist Diem Chau‘s ‘Northwest Natives Alphabet Set’ is a collection of colorful Crayola crayons that have been carved into a species native to the Pacific Northwest. Every letter is paired with a different species as a tribute to the artist’s neck of the woods.
The full set is being exhibited at the G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle. It ranges from A for Aquilegia (Columbine) to Z for Zapus princeps (Western Jumping Mouse). The alphabet set includes a bald eagle, a cougar, an elk, a grizzly bear, a killer whale, a mountain goat, a northern spotted owl, an otter, and a timberwolf.
A lot of work went into the intricate micro-sculptures and Chau writes that she had a lot of fun learning about the native species. Her favorite crayon is the painted turtle. She carved the turtle on top first but was unsatisfied with how small it was compared to the whole crayon, so she added a pond scene with another turtle, lily pads and rippling water. Click through to see pictures of the ‘Northwest Natives Alphabet Set’: