The Whale Project
Opens: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4 pm â First Thursday of the Month
The Gallery at OC, OC Bremerton Campus
Closes: Friday, Nov. 2 â Bremerton Art Walk
Photos at: http://www.flickr.com//photos/66854129@N06/show/
Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/events/2012/oct/04/9480/#ixzz28Yr09Kht
The Whale Project
Published by Marie Weichman, OC Art Professor.
Have you ever watched the news or read the paper where you heard a story that moved you to action? Â That happened to me not too long ago. Â Last year I heard about the dead whale that washed ashore in West Seattle with ten pounds of plastic bags in its stomach. Â Several months later I was lucky enough to be on a boat off shore from Maui and a baby whale did a full breach and dive. Â It was exciting to say the least. Â After that I couldnât stop thinking about how I, as an artist and teacher, might contribute to the effort to inspire a change in our behavior. Â Then, it occurred to meâ¦ I am in the quintessentially perfect position to do exactly that â inspire the change many of us already envision.
With that in mind, I adjusted my abstract plan to build a life size baby gray whale during my summer break from teaching to a plan that included a cross-disciplinary experience for myself, my colleagues and my students together as a team project. Â With approval and support from The Dean of Humanities at Olympic College, Gina Huston, I established a Sculpture Independent Study course for the Art Department Â that would run through the summer and simultaneously provide the Gallery at OC with the 2012/13 seasonâs opening exhibit.
And that quickly, the Whale Project was born. Â This blog site will follow the process and my thoughts as I guide the team through the experience of building and exhibiting our Baby Gray Whale. Â I hope you enjoy the ride. Â I know we will!