Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 6 donates $10,000 to Whale Project

Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009

JUNEAU - The Pioneers of Alaska Men's and Women's Igloo 6 recently donated $10,000 to the Whale Project, a group which will place a life-scale humpback whale and fountain on Juneau's waterfront in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood.

Courtesy Of Kathy Ruddy
Courtesy Of Kathy Ruddy

As envisioned by sculptor R.T. "Skip" Wallen, the bronze whale will be part of the Sea Walk, and rise out of an infinity pool surrounded by a plaza.

The public is invited to support the Whale Project with the "Buy a Brick" campaign for the Sea Walk and plaza adjacent to the sculpture and fountain. For more information, come to the Public Market on Nov 27 to 29 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center or visit the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council online at The bricks will be a permanent tribute, similar to the tiles at the entrance to the downtown library, or the leaves on the memorial tree on the second floor of Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The maquette, or study model, of the humpback whale is presently located at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

The Whale Project Board of Directors includes Bill Overstreet, Laraine Derr, Kay Diebels, Nancy DeCherney, Sharon Kelly and Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy. For more information, call 321-7558.

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