The Langley Arts Fund’s kick-off campaign is the Wishing Whale!
Sculptor Georgia Gerber and LAF members work with a Photoshopped model to find the best site for the future sculpture.
WHAT: A dramatic, 12-foot bronze sculpture of a gray whale. To be located at the Anthes and First Street entrance to Langley’s waterfront Seawall Park, overlooking Saratoga Passage, where gray whales annually migrate.
The Wishing Whale is being paid for completely from privately raised funds. The Langley Arts Fund has worked quietly for several months, seeking contributions from major donors – and what an outpouring of support we have experienced!
In just a few short months, we have raised more than 80 percent of the cost of the whale from major donors!
Now we are appealing to all community members to please support the whale with your generous contributions.
Meet the artist - Georgia Gerber
Georgia Gerber grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, studied sculpture and bronze casting at Bucknell University, and moved west to attend Graduate School at the University of Washington. Her professional career began at that time. Along with her husband Randy, she lives on rural Whidbey Island, Washington, where she operates her own studio with the assistance her husband. She primarily works with life size animal and human figures, often incorporating architectural or abstract elements into the design. A career emphasis has been the creation of accessible public artwork that encourages viewer interaction.
Georgia Gerber in her studio
WHY: The Wishing Whale is the first, giant step toward improving the connection between downtown Langley and its waterfront. The iconic whale sculpture will work in conjunction with the popular Langley Whale Center to draw attention to gray whales and orcas that swim in Saratoga Passage, as well as the dangers whales face from environmental degradation.
As with Georgia Gerber’s Rachel the Pig at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, the Wishing Whale will include a bank where visitors and residents can “make a wish” and insert money that will be used to maintain Langley’s Seawall Park, which is slated for extensive refurbishment.