Whales on Broad Street

Artist Shay Church enlisted the help of students from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to complete his life-sized whale sculptures.   Whale-shaped wooden forms were covered with wet clay for an installation that coincided with the opening of the 44th Annual  Conference  on the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. I’m not one of those people who think I’ve seen everything.  Still, I was surprised to find whales on South Broad Street in Philadelphia on a  March  afternoon.

Building Whales on Broad Street Street with Shay Church

Press here to see a short film of the construction of another one of Church’s whale installations. To see more of Shay Church’s work, press here.

How did You use Milk Crates in College?

Ok, so maybe Joe Girandola is not in college anymore.  In fact, he’s  a sculptor and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Sometimes I walk up Broad Street on my way to work past the University’s buildings.  Imagine my delight winter day when instead of snow and gray skies, I saw these.

Here’s a short film showing some more of Girandola’s work.  It’s pretty obvious he has a sense of humor.