Kapiti Artist Mike Fuller’s “Whale Song” is an inspirational public sculpture and community/education project. A one acre site has been secured that is visible from the new expressway, situated alongside the Wharemauku Stream near the end of Ihakara St, Paraparaumu. This large sculptural installation comprises a family of seven life-sized Humpback Whales swimming in pod formation, forming an outdoor performance and education space under and around the whales.
“Whale Song”is a reflection on Kapiti’s proximity to the coast, Kapiti Island, early whaling, the surrounding marine environment and the very presence of these amazing creatures on the Kapiti coast. The whales, supportive interpretive signage and online educational resources will allow schools in the region to engage with the sculptures. Students will be able fully comprehend the mass (from 8m to 18m long) and beauty of these incredible creatures, to increase their awareness of the oceans inhabitants and what we can do to protect them.