In addition to rewiring Whalen (our large gray whale from our first season) and putting him back up on the roof this year, we have commissioned for 2 additional whale themed props to be created for us.
I have already received 8 whale tails that we designed with the help of Thomas at Charlees Props. These are about 2 feet tall and in addition to being a whale tail, we can light a specific set of lights and create a flying bird within them.
The other custom that we are still waiting for is coming from a vendor back east. We will have a pair of Orca whales joining Whalen on the roof. These are going to be about 8 feet in length. and will be made with both black and white coro so during the day they will actually look like Orca Whales. I have no ETA on these.
For an update on Whalen (our rebar gray whale):
- We pulled him from the roof and clipped all of his pixels off (we originally used zip ties to attach them and we had a section last year even after multiple attempts at repair failed to light. That section is now removed and all pixels are working again.
- We have wirebrushed all of his rust and repainted him with a fresh coat of black paint.
- We found some rebar clips and had them resized so that we could use clips now instead of zip ties to re-attach the lights. Inspire Light Shows resized them for us to use with our 1/4″ rebar.
- I have printed a couple hundred of the clips thus far and will soon embark on the task of rewiring all of the lights onto the frame.