The whale bone

This unnamed sculpture by Alex Anderson is installed at Valley Creek Estuary Park in Port Angeles. If you’re not familiar with whale physiology it’s styled after a whale vertebrae. The scale of the piece is substantial. It weighs seven tons and is 12 feet tall and four feet thick. It was a $65,000 gift to Port Angeles by an anonymous donor.

Art or energy?

These three wind turbines were installed last September at Waterfront Park in Port Angeles, Sequim’s westerly neighboring town. The first time I saw them I thought they were pretty dramatic sculptures. Which, actually, they may well be. Or not. They may also generate power.

There’s some controversy around these units. City officials thought they could generate power for lighting in the park. But they also wanted art…and nobody’s actually sure how much wind power they may harvest. They’re not rotating for now. Port Angeles is involved in “an inspection-related dispute with the manufacturer.”

Theme Day: Photo of the year

I had over a dozen candidates for today’s City Daily Photo theme day, “Photo of the year.” This, however, was the only one that I’d enlarged and hung on a wall. I took that as a sign. It was taken on a walk in the Olympic National Park Hoh Rainforest, a place of incomparable beauty.

Click here to see other photos of the year from City Daily Photo participants.

Happy new year!