Bruce Simonson used 900 images of historical posters and memorabilia from over 50 arts organizations in Juneau to decorate the six-foot whale's tail. For construction of the sculpture, Simonson was assisted by Harry and Thomas James, Roald Simonson, and Gary Vetesy.  For the virtual rendering of the sculpture, he received help from Kurt Smith (for photography of the sculpture and construction of the mount), and from Finn Sinclair (for computer modeling and 3D rendering).

Bruce Simonson used 900 images of historical posters and memorabilia from over 50 arts organizations in Juneau to decorate the six-foot whale's tail. For construction of the sculpture, Simonson was assisted by Harry and Thomas James, Roald Simonson, and Gary Vetesy. For the virtual rendering of the sculpture, he received help from Kurt Smith (for photography of the sculpture and construction of the mount), and from Finn Sinclair (for computer modeling and 3D rendering).

Photos: Tales on the tail

Nancy DeCherney, Executive Director of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, receives a decorated six-foot whale’s tail from Bruce Simonson in front of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Friday. The sculpture is one of ten similar whale tails created for a project conceived and funded by Laraine Derr as part of Juneau’s fund-raising effort for the humpback whale sculpture at Bridge Park. Simonson used 900 images of historical posters and memorabilia from over 50 arts organizations in Juneau. The oldest is of a production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”, performed by the Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre and the Juneau-Douglas Community College in 1960. To explore an online virtual 3D model of the Tales on the Tail sculpture, visit the JAHC website at:http://www.jahc.org/the-humpback-whale-project.

Nancy DeCherney, Executive Director of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, receives a decorated six-foot whales tail from Bruce Simonson in front of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Friday. The sculpture is one of ten similar whale tails created for a project conceived and funded by Laraine Derr as part of Juneau's fund-raising effort for The Humpback Whale Sculpture at Bridge Park. Simonson used 900 images of historical posters and memorabilia from over 50 arts organizations in Juneau, the oldest is of a production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town", performed by the Juneau Douglas Little Theatre and the Juneau-Douglas Community College in 1960. To explore an online virtual 3D model of the Tales on the Tail sculpture, visit the JAHC website at:http://www.jahc.org/the-humpback-whale-project.

Nancy DeCherney, Executive Director of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, receives a decorated six-foot whales tail from Bruce Simonson in front of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Friday. The sculpture is one of ten similar whale tails created for a project conceived and funded by Laraine Derr as part of Juneau’s fund-raising effort for The Humpback Whale Sculpture at Bridge Park. Simonson used 900 images of historical posters and memorabilia from over 50 arts organizations in Juneau, the oldest is of a production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”, performed by the Juneau Douglas Little Theatre and the Juneau-Douglas Community College in 1960. To explore an online virtual 3D model of the Tales on the Tail sculpture, visit the JAHC website at:http://www.jahc.org/the-humpback-whale-project.

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