Monday, December 3, 2012
New whale statue may land in Rockaway
From the Daily News:
Rockaway Beach residents took pride in their boardwalk and the elaborately-decorated fiberglass whale that watched over it from Beach 94th St.
But “Whalemina” was washed away in Superstorm Sandy along with large swaths of the boardwalk - another blow to the devastated neighborhood.
Now as city park officials search for ways to reopen parts of the boardwalk, the man who breathed new life into the once-forlorn and broken Central Park Zoo exhibit is pledging to bring Whalemina back in one form or another.
“I said goodbye to the whale, I told children she went back out to sea,” said Geoff Rawling, the artist who spent years decorating her with tiles and glass. “I would like to make her in a more mobile, lightweight fashion so we could move her if another storm comes.”
For years, he adorned it with a blue, white and seagreen mosaic that reflected the local marine life in the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay.
One of Whalemina’s eyes shone with the sun while the other captured the moon.
“I actually found the tail after the storm,” Rawling said. “My thought was to rebuild.”