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Mountain View sculpture is a labor of love for this Anchorage artist

  • Author: Scott Jensen
  • Updated: July 8, 2016
  • Published June 9, 2016

On Saturday morning, the Anchorage neighborhood of Mountain View will celebrate its latest public art sculpture at the corner of Mountain View Drive and Park Street. "Whale Song" is a five-foot bronze sculpture of a whale flipping water onto its tail. Alaska birds and animals are carved into its fins and fluke. The sculpture is meant to symbolize peace in a diverse world. "Whale Song" artist Christina Demetro says she's always eager to make public art that adds something to the surrounding area. She and her co-sculptor, Aurora Sidney-Ando, came up with the idea for the bronze sculpture almost two years ago. The Anchorage Community Land Trust, Alaska Humanities Forum and Brown Jug were the major donors to the project.

Whale Song artist Christina Demetro talks to kids at the Mt. View Boys and Girls club about what it might take to improve their Anchorage neighborhood on February 8, 2016. (Scott Jensen / Alaska Dispatch News)

Demetro was drawn to Mountain View because of its diversity. Watch this video to experience some of Demetro's journey to bring more beauty to Mountain View.

The "Whale Song" celebration begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 11.

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