Monday, May 6, 2013

A Whale Of A Tale



Do you see what I have found?
Whales are swimming underground!
They swim right under solid land
So they can say hello to man.

Welcome to the whale tails of Charlottesville!  Thomas Givens, the artist, used wooden boat building techniques to build these. He was hoping they would inspire wonder and reverence for these endangered creatures. Since most people will never get to see the real thing, this is the next best. He created a trio, up on a hill on a busy highway median. Phil and Ella walked up to visit them, and she LOVED them!!


“What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. Oh, look—the deep, wide sea, brimming with fish past counting, sardines and sharks and salmon. Ships plow those waters, and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them. All the creatures look expectantly to you to give them their meals on time.”
Psalm 104

25 comments:

Annie said...

omigosh! these are fantastic. stunning!!

SquirrelQueen said...

Those are amazing! They are sure to inspire a lot of folks to think about the plight of the real animals. Whales are awe inspiring creatures when seen in the wild.

shooting star said...

what a lovely idea..and the whale fins have been sculpted so finely!!!

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Small Kucing said...

amazing craftman ship....

Ma said...

Cool!

Laurie said...

oh my gosh this is amazing!!!

From the Kitchen said...

While I haven't seen the whales' tails, I have come across Noah's Ark in that area. Texas has nothing on Virginia in the wild "tale" (pun intended) department.

Best,
Bonnie

Sandra said...

these are amazing. and beautiful. I am glad you gave us perspective on size with Phil and Ella standing under one... I would be as happy as she was... and this could cause snapitis for sure.

Mary Bergfeld said...

What an unusual idea. And what an unusual place to display them. They are amazingly detailed. I hope your day is off to a great start. Blessings...Mary

Ruth Kelly said...

They are fascinating.

Linda said...

How amazing, Ginny!!!

Tamago said...

Wow how fascinating! I love them and how interesting the artist picked red for the color!
Thank you for your comment on my blog. I am from Japan and living in the U.S. :-)

Rose said...

Wow, those are amazing.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Charlottesville sure has some cool art!

Chatty Crone said...

What state is that in? Andy would love that. So tell me do you travel every weekend? Those were so cool. sandie

Ann said...

wow, these are amazing not to mention huge but then I'm assuming that they were built to be true to life size

Cheryl @ TFD said...

These are amazing! The artist is very talented.

Shug said...

This is so very neat. Wasn't sure at first...but then, could easily see it was whales..

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, What a great artist! That is thoughtful art, for sure. So happy you all enjoyed seeing the sculptures. Have a great Wed. tomorrow!

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Hi Ginny! There you go again with your unique and wonderful finds. I love this!! Ella is getting so big. These girls are growing up too fast...

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I can see where this would make quite a statement. My granddaughter would love them as well.

reana claire said...

I love them too! Something very unique! I hope I can visit this place one day!

Jeanne said...

I would love to see this! Thanks for posting!

Dee said...

Wow...and once again I say Wow. :)

SweetMarie said...

I love these! Such beautiful talent!