Whale sculptures at Wildlife Refuge center

Aug 31, 2014
“Orca” by Alfred Godin depicts the same, breaching.

Rockland — Cast bronze sculptures of 10 species of whales, correct in every detail, will be featured at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water St., during the First Friday Art Walk, Sept. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

These beautiful sculptures were made by late wildlife biologist Alfred Godin, who also authored and illustrated “Wild Mammals of New England.” Godin had a master’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts. He also had a long career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Godin studied sculpture at Mount Wachusett Community College. After the original is sculpted in clay on a wire armature, numerous molds and sculpting adjustments are required before the bronze casting is made and the patina applied. Godin recently died, and his family has loaned these sculptures to the Refuge. Programs about whales will be offered throughout the year to supplement this exhibit, featuring some of the rarest whales in the world.

The visitor center and art gallery are located in the south-end of town in the large white building just across from Terra Optima where Water Street and Route 73 meet. The visitor center also is open Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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