This whale, normally the color of the cold seas, will be aglow with the colors of a tropical bird or fish. Its translucent skin is lit from within using ribbons of color-shifting LED lights and moving spot lights. It will be powered by solar fed batteries and winch itself into place under a bridge.

Ryan Mathern graduated with a BA in art from Mercer University in 1992. For the past four years, he has been concentrating on steel sculpture, using a method involving adding virgin and reclaimed materials to a tubular steel substructure and steel rod framework. Mathern often combines phrases in Tibetan script with subject matter such as mythical creatures and Asian devotional machines.