By Andrea Papagianis
Each week the Dana Point Times will highlight one local or regional artist’s contribution to the Elephant Parade: Welcome to America open air exhibit, which will be on display throughout town until early November. This week we stopped by the OC Dana Point Harbor for an afternoon of seaside views and a read of Dana Point artist and author Laura Seeley’s poem on the elephant “Sea the Point.”
In her contribution to the Asian Elephant Foundation’s largest fundraiser to benefit the endangered species, Seeley tied in the region’s relationship to marine life.
Seeley transformed a 6-foot-tall, fiberglass elephant statue into a melding of two of the world’s largest land and sea mammals—the Asian elephant and the blue whale. The eyes of the two creatures sit side-by-side as Seeley wrapped the elephant’s frame with a portrait of a whale, and delicately painted a poem about the plight the two species share.
“Magnificence. Fair elephants. Fair whales. Each a prize. And some assume these babies bloom, grow up, grow old and wise. Ideally, the plan should be that elephants keep walking … that whales spray and dolphins play … but challenges come stalking.” –Laura Seeley
ELEPHANT: “Sea the Point”
ARTIST: Laura Seeley
LOCATION: OC Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern, near Dana Wharf and the commercial vessel docks