Urban Sketchers Tacoma held our regular montly Wednesday outing at the Foss Waterway Seaport. I think I was not alone in hoping to have sketched outside. But it was cloudy, foggy and chilly. We all opted for inside, which was very interesting.
I was fascinated with
this whale sculpture! Half of us included it in our sketches. I drew
the "guts side" that shows how it was built.
is a Gray Whale. The project demonstrates the amount of plastic trash
in the ocean. The skin of the whale is made of 9,000 plastic bags,
braided together by students at 15 schools. The Whale's skin shows a
map of the Pacific Ocean and the Great Pacific Gyre in which ocean
currents pull trash from American and Asia into the center of the
Pacific Ocean. The skeleton is made by high school art students. It is
made of disposable plastic forks (stuffed into 2 Liter soda
bottles). The vertebrae are milk jugs. The ribs are small cups used in
many school cafeterias.
April 2010 a gray whale washed up on shore in West Seattle. Scientists
found approximately 30 plastic bags and other plastic trash in it's
Before I saw the whale, I decided I'd draw a montage
of diving equipment from different eras. After sketching the whale, I
returned that that plan. I don't know the date of the yellow equipment
as there was no info card. It looks current and modern to me, though.
Sharing sketches. The staff were excited to see them, too.
We were a relatively small group today: Ken, Pat, Betsy, Darsie, Kate, Charlie.
More photos are here.