Sculpture artist R.T. "Skip" Wallen, left, and Bruce Botelho, president of the Board of Directors for The Whale Project, watch the installation of the life-sized bronze whale on Sunday.

Sculpture artist R.T. "Skip" Wallen, left, and Bruce Botelho, president of the Board of Directors for The Whale Project, watch the installation of the life-sized bronze whale on Sunday.

Video: Sculptor Skip Wallen talks about his whale’s journey to Juneau

Sculpture artist R.T. “Skip” Wallen talks about his whale’s journey in an interview with Empire photographer Michael Penn on Sunday. The six-and-a-half ton bronze whale sculpture was installed at Bridge Park on Sunday.

Members of the Park Bronze Foundry in Enterprise, Ore., and a lift operator from North Pacific Erectors ready the six-and-a-half ton bronze whale sculpture to be placed on its foundation at what will become Bridge Park on Sunday.

Members of the Park Bronze Foundry in Enterprise, Ore., and a lift operator from North Pacific Erectors ready the six-and-a-half ton bronze whale sculpture to be placed on its foundation at what will become Bridge Park on Sunday.

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