The largest character is a twenty-two foot long whale shark. Each of the painted cardboard characters are life sized depictions. However, the whale shark is an adolescent sized whale shark, it is still true to life.
The artists, Kristin Flatt and Leah Talley, worked for a week to create the characters. The materials used were roughly fifteen to twenty ounces of accrylic paint, and cardboard. Screwed onto the wall, the whale shark weighs rougly twenty pounds. “I like getting to work with the different artists,” Talley stated. Talley is an EAC student majoring in biology. She stated, “I really liked looking up the information about animals.”
Flatt is also an EAC student, and she is majoring in general studies and graphic design. “I used to do these things in high school,” she said. “And I liked being able to make something out of cardboard and paint again. It was nice. I enjoyed working with my coworkers. It was nice to do something artistic.”
Each animal is identified by an information paper containing interesting facts about the animals. For instance, beside the Dory it states, “Dory is a Blue Tang Fish. These fish can be seen in reefs off East Africa, Japan, Samoa, New Caledonia, and the Great Barrier Reef. They grow up to 6 inches long.”
It has been one long week. The world if full of strife and worry these days, and it is a great time to go to the movies. Finding Dory’s opening day consisted of a completely sold out 2:00 showing at the Safford Sapphire Cineplex. This weekend is promising to be busy, so while you’re out celebrating father’s day, go see the artwork at the theater. Finding Dory is a story told by the artists of Pixar. Don’t forget to congratulate our own local artists on their spectacular artwork.