A ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the Town of Friday Harbor's first public art sculpture will take place at 12 noon Thursday, February 14 at Churchill Square on the corner of First and “A” Streets. Members of the community are invited to attend.
"I'm just thrilled by this gift of public art,” said Mayor Lacher. "I never envisioned this stunning piece in its new location. But now I can't envision the rock without it. I know Fluke is so special it will cause more community members to come forward with fresh and novel ideas of how to enhance our Town." The sculpture, entitled “Fluke,” a work by local artist Micajah Bienvenu, has been on display at Roche Harbor over the last year. A polished aluminum representation of a whale tail, Fluke has finally taken its permanent residence atop the rock outcropping on the southwest corner of the busy intersection near the ferry landing.
The Town’s purchase of the sculpture was made possible by generous donations from 31 different local residents and businesses, providing the means to both buy and install the art. Bienvenu had received offers from other communities in the northwest to purchase the work, but opted to sell it to the Town at a discounted price to ensure it would stay in his hometown.