The Whale Project

The Whale Project, created by sculptor Warren Arnold, was  gifted to Sebastopol Center for the Arts in 2008. Seven totemic sculptures mark the "safe passage" of the Gray Whale along the northern California coast line. Beginning in Big Sur with "Breaching," the project proceeds north, up the coast, each stop adding one more whale to the totem, until reaching Trinidad, where six whales spiral around a column of seafoam in "Migrating North."  All of the sculpture sites are also good whale watching sites and are open to the public to visit. Visit our sculptures at Seascape Resort in Aptos, and at the Little River Inn on the Mendocino Coast.


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"Breaching" Ventana Inn, Highway 1, Big Sur; "Courtship" Seascape Resort, Aptos; "Guardian of the Gate" Marine Mammal Center, Marin Headlands, Sausalito; "Whale Ballet" Doran Beach Park, Bodega Bay; "Playing With Auntie", Little River Inn, Hwy 1, Little River; "Migrating North" Lost Whale Inn, Patrick's Point Drive, Trinidad

About Warren Arnold

Warren Arnold refers to himself as a "self-invented sculptor." A native Californian, Arnold's first career was teaching. After twenty years of work in public education, he became a full time sculptor. His work, which reflects natural forms and environmental themes graces thousands of homes throughout the US. Warren lives on a small farm in Sebastopol with his wife Maile, who is a noted landscape designer.