Our baby, three months old – sort of.

Our baby, three months old - sort of.

A three month old Gray Whale is approximately 18 feet long. Our baby whale is life size for a three month old.

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The process of making something is really a very powerful experience.  My nephew once folded 365 origami swans for his girlfriend on their one year anniversary.  He was in high school.  When I was in high school I watched, and sometimes helped, my dad rebuild an authentic Chinese Junk in our front yard while my … Continue reading


As we frantically look at the calendar and realize just how close we are to our deadline, and then we look at the whale and realize just how much work we still have ahead of us, it was such a wonderful feeling to see the walls get painted blue and baby whale get some eye … Continue reading



Our project is moving along very well. We are now working creating the eyeballs and then next week we’ll add them to the whale and building the eyelids. We’re also getting closer to painting all the walls a deep sea blue!

But…. we are still weaving the skin and could sure use extra hands. If you think you’d like to contribute to the laborious task of weaving plastic into a panel of wire mesh, we would really enjoy showing you the process. Please contact me through this blog site and we’ll put ya to work! – Marie

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So, I’m thinking we should have a little discussion about the facts surrounding the mess we’re making in our oceans; nothing like concrete evidence to bring home a point, right?!  Because I’m no expert on the subject, I’ve invited OC Professor Susan Digby to chime in here.  Besides being a Scientist, a Professor, and a … Continue reading

Mouthing off!

Today we finally worked on the nose and head section of the whale.  This was significantly more “organic” in process than welding the rest of the under structure had been.  We chose to use chicken wire because, it is more pliable that the fencing material we have been using so far, to shape the nose … Continue reading

Weave, weave, weave.

Well, the tedious and yes, daunting task of weaving is at hand.  First it was necessary to experiment with various techniques before we could identify the best option.  It had to be efficient.  It had to be reasonably simple.  It had to produce an appearance that would not disguise the material (plastic bags), but would … Continue reading

From an Educator’s Point of View

It’s very hard these days to not participate in new technology.  A global shift has occurred and as an educator the potential is incredibly exciting!  Yes, I agree… having to learn new tools, redesign my lessons, and rethink the way I reach out to each student, (specifically, the millennials),  is tedious, interruptive and basically frustrating. … Continue reading

The Value of Art

I suppose many people following the Whale Project wonder how this is Art.  My answer is this:  Are you inspired to know more about our marine environment?  Are you inspired to act more responsibly on behalf of those dependent on a healthy marine environment?  Then this project is Art.  Art is the outcome – not … Continue reading

An Inter-Disciplinary Team of Olympic College Students and Faculty Work Together to Build a Life-Sized Baby Grey Whale with Recycled Materials

This summer, Olympic College  students and faculty from art, science and welding departments are working together to build a life-sized baby grey whale with recycled materials and found objects. The idea for this project originated with Olympic College Art Professor, Marie Weichman, but evolved from a personal art project to a collaborative learning experience for … Continue reading