At the corner of 1st and “A” streets by the Friday Harbor ferry line, there now stands a distinctive, brightly polished aluminum whale tail sculpture. This transformation took place on Thursday, January 10, 2013, with the installation of “Fluke”, the creation of Friday Harbor sculptor Micajah Bienvenu.
Bienvenu’s work spans over 25 years. His first sculptures were of wildlife, and he said that Fluke allowed him to reach back to a representational time in his life, while still utilizing the modern high tech tools he currently employs in his work.
The Town of Friday Harbor was able to purchase Bienvenu’s work of art through donations from its citizens. His studio is on Mt. Dallas, on San Juan Island.
Duncan Wilson, Friday Harbor’s Town Administrator, said “I am so appreciative to the public for stepping forward to make this unique and generous purchase. Once again, the people of Friday Harbor work together for their community.”
There will be an official ribbon cutting later this month.
Special Report by Diana Mancel for the Whale Museum News