Well, we are nearing the time when our baby whale moves on. Lucky for us, The Mayor of Bremerton, Patty Lent feels the same about the Whale as we do and has offered to host a display in the Norm Dicks Center, our city’s government building. The students will get the chance to oversee the transition of their project from one venue to another. They will get to work with the City in a way that is rarely available for students. What a great way to continue the learning process!
Mayor Lent presented each of our students with a B-Pin, a symbol of their new status as Ambassadors of Bremerton. What a great choice, too! These students care so much about the content of this exhibit and they deserve to see it continue educating and informing others about the human foot print on our marine environment. While the Whale offers the audience a beautiful object to contemplate, it is the total installation that brings home the reason for the exhibit. The audio element really contributes to our ability to use the artwork to communicate awareness. Seeing the dirty, but familiar objects that washed ashore give reason to pause and consider our own actions. The drawings show the public how any idea CAN manifest into reality and be shared.
We hope to display the whale, artifacts from the “process of making,” CAD drawings of the design, and maybe…. just maybe, we can find a way to incorporate the trash without infringing on the generosity and hospitality of the Norm Dicks Center. Possibly bag or net the marine debris elements and suspend them with the whale? Either way, we will certainly have educational posters and displays showing lists of debris categories that commonly show up on our shorelines. We will have images of coastlines and geography maps. It will be different than what is experienced at the Gallery at OC, but no less spectacular!
GO BABY WHALE!