Long-awaited whale sculpture to arrive in Juneau Monday

    The life-sized, six-ton bronze whale sculpture is expected to arrive from Bellingham, Washington, at the Juneau ferry terminal, but the sculpture won't be on display for a few more weeks.

    Juneau's long-awaited whale sculpture is to come ashore Monday.

    The sculpture was cast in three pieces: the body and two fins.

    Once complete, the 28-foot-tall breaching humpback will emerge from an infinity pool the city has yet to build.

    City Manager Rorie Watt updated us on the project on a recent Action Line.

    "We finished the first phase of the earthworks," according to Watt. "That's the island, the fill, and foundation for the whale sculpture. Now you can see the crane out there doing the second phase of the pile-supported seawalk. The whale sculpture is really life-size, and I think it's really going to be pretty exciting."

    Welders from the foundry in Enterprise, Oregon, where the whale was made are scheduled to travel to Juneau on Aug. 17 to attach the fins and fasten it to its foundation in Bridge Park.

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