Artifact

RJK Dam Commemorative Stamp

  • January 22, 2018

This article includes both Inbound and Outbound information about this image.

The RJK Dam 100 years Commemorative Stamp

Inbound Artist: Mihonton Ni

Outbound Artist : M Kelley, 2015

Inbound Significance

Also known as the “Hydro Power 100th year” stamp, this commemorative stamp design celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the restoration of the RJK Hydro Power Facility. This original painting in gouache was the basis for the the popular stamp renowned among collectors, and of which variations abound at the RJK site itself, in the form of patches, postcards, and commemorative tenugui.

Here, the artist Mihonton Ni uses the plant motif common to the North, and a stylistic impression of river currents common to Birdfolk aesthetic. Rather than the elaborate Norn Ruins that form the powerhouses of the massive dam itself, the artist has chosen to focus on a smaller building whose plainness hides its importance: the original winter cabin built by the First Water River Mapping Expedition of 170501.

Originally tasked with the mapping of the Mihonton Watershed, the sudden onset of the brutal Urd winter, combined with injuries to the expeditions Primary Seeker, forced the team to select a wintering location rather than risk a return journey into known lands. To avoid their present location beside the steep walls of rapids, the team moved further Northward in order to seek stiller waters for fishing and water access. The additional journey brought them to the massive ruins of the RJK Dam.

As much of the dam was in disrepair, the team chose to build a small cabin next to the ruins until the safety of the ruins themselves could be ascertained. The subsequent study of the Norn symbols and the mapping of the layout of the ruins laid the foundations for later teams to decipher and complete the extensive repairs to the ancient machinations. The post-restoration name of the dam itself – the Robert Jeff Kelley Hydro Power Facility, more commonly known as the RJK – is named for the Ranger Keeper Robert Jeff Kelley, Sr, who first championed for the cause of restoration, and whose skill, inventiveness, and dedication as a maker led the full restoration and infrastructural integration of this ancient hydroelectric and desalination facility.

Today, this enormous structure is a glorious and functional national landmark. Nestled at the mouth of the First Water River on the slopes of Urd, the RJK provides over 4.5 billion megawatt hours per year to residents in the Trifold Peaks and North Forest regions. Its desalination facility serves fresh water and salt supplies to the inhabitants of the North, and its beautiful views are enjoyed by countless visitors regardless of season. It is a dominant stop along The Process Way, and though the RJK technically falls under the authority of Norna Station as part of the Shelter Region, it is the largest and most famous Ranger Station in the North for its sheer size alone, as well as for its important history, centralized location, and continued interaction with the general public.

Outbound Significance

Handpainted Gouache Painting on Arches Paper, 2015

This tiny, handpainted gouache painting was created for “Wish You Were Here: An Inbound Lands Welcome Center,” the Ranger Station installation at Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN, in which the gallery corridor was transformed into the educational wing of an Inbound Lands Ranger Station, and helped facilitate worldbuilding conversations with students to flesh out aspects of the world. [ Jan 28-Feb 25th, 2015 ]

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