LISTSERV mailing list manager LISTSERV 15.5

Help for CTURTLE Archives

CTURTLE Archives

CTURTLE Archives


Next Message | Previous Message
Next in Topic | Previous in Topic
Next by Same Author | Previous by Same Author
Chronologically | Most Recent First
Proportional Font | Monospaced Font


Join or Leave CTURTLE
Reply | Post New Message
Search Archives

Subject: Kemp's ridley monument Padre Island (fwd)
From: "George H. Balazs" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 19 Mar 2005 07:53:31 -1000

TEXT/PLAIN (78 lines)

Dear Cturtlers: Here is a message of broad interest that I'm forwarding to 
Cturtle after being received this morning from [log in to unmask]  The 
potential for more such artistry  worldwide is considerable and should be 
encouraged. George Balazs

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 12:04:16 EST
From: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Kemp's ridley monument Padre Island

Monument will honor endangered sea turtle 9-foot bronze sculpture will be 
dedicated today By mike baird Caller Times March 16, 2005 As part of the 
ongoing effort to educate the public about the importance of the Kemp's 
ridley sea turtle to the Coastal Bend, a 9-foot bronze sea turtle 
sculpture is being dedicated at 5 p.m. today at the former Seagull Park on 
Padre Island. The sculpture, named "The Journey's End," is by wildlife 
sculptor Kent Ullberg and depicts the struggle of the endangered species. 
Ullberg created the turtle sculpture for $7,500, which represents only his 
foundry costs. The City Council recently voted to rename the park on 
Jackfish Avenue as Ullberg Park, in honor of the sculptor. "It's normally 
stuff that happens after you die," Ullberg said Tuesday. "It's a bit 
premature, but this is a wonderful thing." Ullberg, who was born and 
educated in Sweden, moved to Corpus Christi 27 years ago and works out of 
studios here and in Loveland, Colo. His sculptures have been displayed in 
museums around the world. The Coastal Bend is becoming known worldwide for 
its efforts to protect and release the endangered turtle. After more than 
25 years of incubating, nurturing and releasing more than 30,000 sea 
turtles on Padre Island National Seashore, Donna Shaver, chief of the 
division of sea turtle science and recovery, has brought great attention 
to the fragile nesting habits of the endangered Kemp's ridley. "The park's 
new sculpture is more evidence of the community embracing the ridley 
project,"  Shaver said. Daiquiri Richard, executive director of the 
Beautify Corpus Christi Association, also said the sculpture would be 
important to bringing more recognition to the area. "It's a first step in 
having Padre Island designated as the sea turtle capital of Texas," she 
said. Richard grew up playing at the park, and she and Mark Scott, the 
City Council member who represents the district that includes the park, 
chose the Kemp's ridley from the design that's etched into the new JFK 
Causeway. Richard said she has been following the work with the turtles 
since she was in high school. "And these are the first improvements in 
this park for 30 years," she said. The original park at the first Padre 
Isles' housing development on Jackfish Avenue recently has undergone a 
more than $25,000 revamp through the combined initiative of Beautify 
Corpus Christi Association, the Padre Island Rotary Club and the city of 
Corpus Christi. The groups worked together to provide the master plan for 
park improvements, which include better irrigation and landscaping, 
additional benches and walkway enhancements. Donations from area 
residents, combined with a $2,500 grant from the Arts and Cultural 
Commission, and a $3,500 grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, 
provided the $7,500 for Ullberg's foundry fee for the sea turtle 
sculpture. "Kent is one of the founding fathers of the island," said Carl 
Suding, golf course superintendent at Padre Isles Country Club who helped 
to organize the park upgrade. "He's one of the most fascinating people." 
The turtle statue took about six months to make, Ullberg said. Before 
beginning, he spent many hours at the Texas State Aquarium peering through 
glass tanks to sketch sea turtles. He was allowed to handle them and take 
measurements. An avid diver, he has dived with Pacific Ocean sea turtles 
many times. "I work exclusively from direct observation," Ullberg said. 
"When I need some solace I go out in my boat from my home here, and living 
on Padre Island has been a tremendous inspiration for my work." After the 
dedication Ullberg will be signing his book, "Monuments to Nature," and 
proceeds will go to future park improvements.

Sculptor Kent Ullberg (left) and his  assistant, Bryan Wright, guide the
9-foot sculpture, called ‘The Journey’s End,’  atop a concrete pillar Tuesday at
Ullberg Park, formerly  known as Seagull Park, on Padre island. The statue
will be dedicated in a ceremony  tonight.
The dedication and  unveiling is open to the public.

To leave the CTURTLE list, send a message to:
     [log in to unmask]
with the message:  signoff CTURTLE

If you experience difficulty, send an email to:
     [log in to unmask]

Back to: Top of Message | Previous Page | Main CTURTLE Page



CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager