We carried the Fluke sculpture into position with a giant forklift. (photo: Crystal Birns)
With a big sense of relief and the pride of accomplishment, Ene and I installed our Fluke sculpture earlier this week at the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. Piero and his crew from Artworks Foundry delivered the 13′ bronze whale tail, carefully carried it into position, drilled holes in the footing to receive four threaded stainless steel rods, filled the holes with epoxy and lowered the sculpture into position. The sculpture will remain covered until the Exploration Center opens this summer.
Next week Dave Pettigrew will sandblast the curvaceous concrete hardscape surrounding Fluke, then grind the sections containing embedded glass, making a colorful, sparkly backdrop to the sculpture. We will return to photograph the completed piece, and look forward to seeing the building and its innovative exhibitions fully occupy the site, which promises to become a major Santa Cruz destination.
Piero adjusts the straps to ensure a vertical drop.
The Fluke sculpture looks great at the entrance to the building.
To read more about the development of Fluke, please click here and scroll down.