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Matt Gade, Deseret News
Local sculptor Stephen Kelser works on his 40-foot whale shark sculpture at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

DRAPER — The finishing touches are coming together at The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, including a 40-foot whale shark, one of the largest whale shark sculptures in the world.

Local sculptor Stephen Kelser was commissioned by the aquarium to concept, design and sculpt a life-sized feeding whale shark and 4 manta rays.Kelser is a longtime contributor to The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, volunteering his time and skills as a graphic artist when the aquarium first began.

The life-size whale shark and manta ray sculptures will be displayed in the lobby of the aquarium.