A life-size sculpture of a humpback whale and calf by local artist Stephen Kesler hangs in the lobby of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.
The sculpture of the adult whale, which measures 50-feet long, was engineered to break into eight pieces to fit through aquarium’s doors. The pieces were moved into the aquarium at the end of October and then reassembled.
Preparation for installing the whales and hanging them in the lobby took months, as structural engineers had to draw up plans on how to hang and support the sculptures.
The final design of the adult whale included a 3-foot tunnel, which allowed Kesler to bolt the parts together. The tail and the fins were installed after the whale was raised into position.
There are less than 10 full-size humpback sculptures in the world, according to a news release from the aquarium.