Update: Seal Sitters sculpture installation on Alki

9:56 AM: With early-morning help from Seal Sitters volunteers, a life-size bronze sculpture of a harbor-seal mother and pup is now at its permanent home on the east end of the Alki Beach promenade. The work started early this morning and isn’t done yet – sculptor Georgia Gerber came from Whidbey Island to make sure her creation made it safely into its spot:

The sculpture, funded by grants and donations, is part of the Year of the Seal project, explained here. We’ll be revisiting the installation site later for an update; we’re told it’ll be fenced off for a while so that part of the materials can “set.” More to come.

ADDED: As promised, we went back to check:

We found volunteers Ralph and Betty in the process of what you might call sculpture-sitting; the installation will remain taped off until sometime Friday.

18 Replies to "Update: Seal Sitters sculpture installation on Alki"

  • Jennifer August 22, 2013 (10:53 am)

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to see it in person!!

  • sarelly August 22, 2013 (11:05 am)

    Very cool. Nice! What a great contribution to the community. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  • myhood August 22, 2013 (11:33 am)

    Very cute!

  • Heather August 22, 2013 (11:36 am)

    Oh how wonderful! Having never seen a seal pup in person I was shocked at how camouflaged the pups are on the beach (it makes sense) from a photo the WSB posted. I think this is a great way to ‘show’ that this is an active ‘nesting site’.

    • WSB August 22, 2013 (11:45 am)

      Heather – if you are ever somewhere near the shore and happen to see some yellow “police tape” – it might be a sign of Seal Sitters keeping watch. TYesterday afternoon, I was driving along an open stretch of Beach Drive yesterday when I spotted it, and luckily had a minute to pull over and take a quick look – the pup was in view from the sidewalk – just ask one of the volunteers to point it out if you happen onto something similar, and talk very quietly :) – TR

  • Blinkyjoe August 22, 2013 (12:20 pm)

    Very cool! I just hope it doesn’t get tagged. That would be sad.

  • payrollgirl August 22, 2013 (12:57 pm)

    I was just wondering where this was, I thought it had already been installed and was looking for it. Can you tell me though is it by the bath house?
    I’m going to take a peek at it tonight after work and at the pup if it’s still there…I promise to be quite and not touch!

    • WSB August 22, 2013 (1:28 pm)

      Yes, the east end of the promenade is the bathhouse – aka, where the asphalt ends and the sand begins.

  • LatteRose August 22, 2013 (1:22 pm)

    Love it!

  • Silly Goose August 22, 2013 (2:17 pm)

    AAHH this is gorgeous, love it we are so lucky to have this art piece in West Seattle.

  • Diane V August 22, 2013 (3:20 pm)

    Wonderful-Our family will go see it tonight!

  • payrollgirl August 22, 2013 (4:21 pm)

    WSB thank you for the “where it’s located”

  • Star 55 August 22, 2013 (4:57 pm)

    Just saw it and it is beautiful. What a wonderful addition to Alki.

  • CanDo August 22, 2013 (4:57 pm)


  • Seal lubber August 22, 2013 (7:56 pm)

    Gorgeous how lucky! I wish it were up high and protected though.

  • evergreen August 22, 2013 (8:31 pm)


  • Fregirl August 23, 2013 (11:03 pm)

    Love seeing such beautiful, community driven,locally created art on Alki. It’s also supposed to be a place for families to sit and kids to clamor over and learn from. And we ale way saw a family playing at the sculpture rocks the other day even before the seals were there! Maybe it will inspire people to litter less nearby and maybe even remind a few folks we share the shore and to be more careful, leash their dogs and be more considerate of the wildlife.

  • Kitsie Morris August 25, 2013 (10:21 am)

    Spectacular, as always, Georgia!!

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