March 2012 – April 2012
The first Southern Right Whale for the season has landed at Cape Otway Lightstation, months ahead of the endangered species’ regular migration.
Although this whale is a healthy specimen at 18 metres long, it’s a landlubber geoglyph created by the Lightstation’s artist-in-residence Peter Day.
To help visitors better understand these huge mammals Peter Day is creating a life-size sculpture at the Lightstation.
Peter’s motif is currently under construction and he’s looking for helpers during the April school holidays.
The Johanna-based environmental artist will be on site from 10am-4pm on April 3 and 4, and is keen for families to give him some hands-on help to embellish the ground-breaking work of art.
“The whale will be sculpted on the ground using Glenaire limestone, Beech Forest sandstone, ceramics and weathered steel,” Peter said. “The tail will rise above the ground, and the silhouetted fluke will be made in steel with a copper finish giving it a rich patina. When it’s finished people will be able to walk the perimeter of the whale to get an understanding of just how big they really are, and climb over the whale. “The geoglyph sculpture uses the natural landform to depict the majestic Southern Ocean whale.”
Peter, who has studied migratory whales which visit Australian waters, said the Lighthouse was a great vantage point for whale spotting between May and October.
Read more in the press release.