Idea for plankton statue is fantastic | Letter to the editor

Posted 5/13/22

The proposed plankton statue at Pope Marine Park is great. It is interesting, fantastic, remarkable.

It is a crab larva, called zoea, with a large dorsal spine. It’s the free flowing tiny …

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Idea for plankton statue is fantastic | Letter to the editor

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The proposed plankton statue at Pope Marine Park is great. It is interesting, fantastic, remarkable.

It is a crab larva, called zoea, with a large dorsal spine. It’s the free flowing tiny immature crab stage before it becomes larger and recognizable. Plankton underlie the Northwest’s marine environment and its crab and fish based economies. Look no further than Dungeness crab, salmon, orcas, Townsend Bay and Puget Sound to guage the pivotal role of plankton in the food and jobs webs.

Maybe the statue could be made less massive by integrating a pass-through, port hole, or glass window, to relate more to the larva’s transparency, and see nearby water.

Regardless, the more attention we can focus on such a crucial local and regional keystone as plankton, and the health of the marine ecosystem that it supports, the better.

Steven Yanoff
PORT TOWNSEND

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  • Dcc

    Rebecca Welti is a brilliant artist, both in her print work as well as sculptural pieces. Maybe she can modify the design a bit to appease the whiners, but I think we would be fortunate to have a piece of her work on public display.

    Friday, May 13 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    It is both simple and complex It represents a native creature and inspires educational conversation. It surpasses what has passed for art in years past. What's not to like?

    Friday, May 13 Report this

  • Snowball_InHawaii

    Perhaps those who consider themselves to be artists, could apply for a permit to place their work in their own yards. Those who wish to see the art could just drop by the artists' home to view the art.

    Friday, May 13 Report this

  • MargeS

    Maybe you could take a lesson from Port Angeles and make a park where kids can play. Why does it always have to be about what adults think is best. Ask kids if they want to climb on this sculpture.

    Friday, May 13 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    It's ugly and probably expensive.

    Saturday, May 14 Report this

  • MinimumWageHomeLoans.com

    I agree with MargeS

    Wednesday, May 18 Report this