Humpback Whale and Her Calf



The life-size “Humpback Whale and Her Calf” sculpture depicts a juvenile mother and her calf, and is surrounded by an ocean environment including dolphins and creatures. All perched on their base, a large, flatbed trailer. The Whale is mounted onto a steel base that can be lifted off the flatbed trailer and placed on the ground. The steel base can secure the art work for safe, secure transportation purposes.

Protecting the Whales: Because their feeding, mating and calving grounds are close to shore and because they are slow swimmers, the Humpback Whales were easy targets for early whalers. These whales have been hunted to near extinction and only about 25,000 exist today. In 1986, an international moratorium was placed on all commercial whaling. Although a few countries continue to hunt whales, there is little international support for this industry. Under existing conventions, some indigenous peoples are also permitted to catch a certain number of whales per year for subsistence purposes.

The Whale on Tour In order to raise public awareness of environmental issues currently facing endangered species and trees, the “Whale Forest”, with the ‘Humpback Whale and Her Calf’ as the main attraction, traveled over 15,000 miles across the United States in 1995, covering 23 cities as a part of the H.O.R. D. E . Music Tour, which featured musicians such as Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, and The Blues Traveler. During this tour, the Whale Forest was viewed by over a million people and symbolically traveled the same distance a Humpback whale would travel during its natural migration.

In addition to participating in the H.O.R. D. E. Tour, the Whale Forest also greeted the traditional Hokulea outrigger canoe as it arrived in San Francisco in 1995 during a ceremony put on by the Pacific Islanders Cultural Association. This event celebrated the ancient Pacific peoples’ ability to navigate the vast oceans of the world and was attended by several musicians, as well as a platform for interactive art pieces and dissemination of environmental messages.

In Native American Tradition, the Whale is the Record Keeper of our Blue Planet Earth.

When you stand in her presence you feel the love she has for her young. You can touch her majesty and sense the grandeur of this animal. You can feel the exhilaration of being overwhelmed (and rightly so) by her size compared to yours. You can feel her gentle power. When you approach her there is a connectedness, a subtle knowing, a primal relationship—all experienced in the small landscape of the here and now while the whale swims free in her boundless and endless ocean.

-Bill Truby, author, business consultant

The life-size whale sculpture is awesome to be near! It makes a bold statement about the importance of preserving our natural resources for all living beings.
- Stephanie Hoffman, MS, Management Consultant

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