Artist’s Update: Penguins On The March!

Dear Friends,
As many of you know, I recently made the transition to working full time as a studio artist, and as an inaugural studio project I participated in “Penguins On The March,” a public art project to benefit Woodland Park Zoo’s newly renovated penguin exhibit.

Similar to Seattle’s ‘Pigs On Parade’ exhibit, participating artists received blank penguin forms to decorate and transform; the finished art works will ‘march’ through various Seattle neighborhoods over the summer. Amateurs, groups, and professional artists alike participated in the project, resulting in 50 amazing, amusing, whimsical, and beautiful penguin sculptures.

It is my pleasure to introduce my Steampunk-guin, Professor Herringbone:

(…with standard apologies for the quality of the photos, which really don’t do justice to the details; guess you’ll have to come visit him in person!)

The dear Professor is crafted from a plaster-resin, sculpted, drilled, carved, and painted with acrylics, and sealed with a poly-acrylic sealant. He features brass and leather found-object adornments and a pair of handcrafted brass goggles. (But of course they had to be custom fit: it’s just so hard to find goggles to accommodate a beak nose…) He stands atop a found-object mosaic of recycled mechanical parts.

Professor Herringbone is inspired by the Steampunk movement, which is also sometimes referred to as Gaslamp Fantasy. An excellent summary of the steampunk genre can be found in the Wikipedia entry on the subject:

Those in the Seattle area are invited to join me and other penguin artists tomorrow at either of two official exhibit launch celebrations:

    10:00 a.m. – noon (official program begins at 10:30 a.m.)
    The Space Needle, outdoor, near the valet entrance
    FREE: Open to press, penguin artists, family & friends, and public

    6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    The Greenwood Collective
    8537 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    FREE: Open to the public during Art Up/Open Up Greenwood-Phinney monthly art walk

Following their debut, the Professor and his avian brethren “will begin migrating into Ballard, Fremont and Greenwood-Phinney, where you will find individual penguins prominently featured in front of neighborhood businesses in July, August and September,” according to project coordinators. Select penguins will visit the Fremont sculpture “Waiting for the InterUrban” on Saturday, June 13th, before landing at their individual roosts.

“After migrating through Seattle, the penguins will be auctioned off to benefit Woodland Park Zoo’s field conservation program. Woodland Park Zoo supports 38 wildlife conservation projects in 50 countries worldwide, including the Humboldt Penguin Conservation Center at Punta San Juan.”

For more information, you can visit the official site at

Special thanks to Janna S., Christopher L., Darryl Y., Rachel N., and Jack and Llyne F. – all of whom contributed, collaborated, cheered me on, or otherwise supported me during the Professor’s creation. Thank you all for your support!

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8 Responses to “Artist’s Update: Penguins On The March!”

  1. pedantka June 12, 2009 at 10:14 am Permalink


  2. scarlettina June 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm Permalink

    He looks fabulous! I can’t wait to meet him in person!

  3. cajunsblues June 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm Permalink

    very awesome.


  4. guberif June 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm Permalink

    very cool!

    Hang out when? :)

    • guberif June 12, 2009 at 11:51 pm Permalink

      I can make the greenwood one. Hope to catch ya there!

  5. bridget_coila June 12, 2009 at 3:32 pm Permalink

    Great penguin! Love the steampunk concept for him!


  6. swingsyren June 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm Permalink

    Oh very nice. I’m glad you got it all worked out. :)

  7. shadow_and_veil June 12, 2009 at 6:02 pm Permalink

    He looks stunning! I won’t make it to the events today, so when you know where he’ll be hanging out during the summer, please say where.