Matthew Lickona 2:43 p.m., June 19
The "Un-Whaling" of JJ
On May 15, the 15-foot bronze sculpture of JJ, an orphaned baby Gray Whale that was nursed back to health by trainers at Sea World in 1997, will be unveiled during a fundraiser for the Friends of La Jolla Shores at the Birch Aquarium.
The “un-whaling,” as the Friends of La Jolla Shores website refers to it, will be the first time that residents can get a peak of the life-sized sculpture before it is placed on the north end of Kellogg Park's children's playground at La Jolla Shores.
And while representatives from Friends of La Jolla Shores are celebrating the addition of JJ, some residents are surfacing with concerns that the sculpture will bake in the sun and burn the kids playing around it.
“It's going to sit in the afternoon sun and for sure kids are going to burn themselves” said one resident of La Jolla. “It’s crazy. The project is a disaster, like most others that Friends of La Jolla Shores have done.”
The sculpture, designed by Southern California artist, D. Lynne Reeves, was paid for by donations from the Friends of La Jolla Shores and will be placed at the beach-playground this spring.