Contributors : Cindy Poole & Jason Wooldridge; Jatek Engineering; Mick Kennaugh and Sime Building
Completed : 2014
Responding to a Esperance Foreshore Development Public Artwork tender, artists Cindy Poole and Jason Wooldridge provided a visionary piece of public art that captured imaginations while utilising a range of materials to depict the Southern Right Whales often seen close to the Esperance shore during winter.
The artists chose to use industrial steel as the primary materials of the sculpture, to encompass and reflect the industrial basis of the port and timber to represent the boats serving it. The central embedded glass sections are coloured to reflect the natural environment and sunlight passing through the windowed section of the tail colours the surrounds of the base at different times of day.
Airey Taylor Consulting provided structural engineering expertise resulting in the best possible design configuration for the sculpture, including decisions on weld points, baffles, shaft support, footings and fixings for durability.
The result is an enduring piece of art that will delight visitors and residents for decades to come.