Nala the Whale sculpture

 Nala the whale sculpture, Hervey Bay, public art

Public Art: Nala The Whale sculpture

Sculptors: © Blunt Chisel - Hervey Bay sculptors

Description: The 8.3m, 9.5 tonne breaching humpback whale is made from Queensland Red and Ironbark timber and stainless steel.It took three cranes to lift it into place. The sculpture is dedicated to the much loved Nala, a female humpback who has returned to Hervey Bay every year since 1992.

Date Unveiled: The whale was lifted into place on the 22nd of August 2012 and unveiled by Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell .

Location: Nala is located at the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Aileen for kindly supplying the photograph.

Evrything You Need to Know About Nala's Measurements:

Overall Length 11.5 metres,
breaching at 52 degree’s,
Height from base plate to nose 8.3 metre’s
Body width 4.8 metre’s,
Each flipper 5 metres long,
Overall width 14.8 metres (include flippers)

Approximately 9.5 tonne of Queensland Red and Ironbark timber.
3.5 tonne of stainless steel,
9 tonne of steel frame work,
total weight  approx 22 tonne.

Excavated footing 5.2m wide x 7.5m long x 1.6m deep.
3.3 tonne of reinforcement
69 m3 of concrete (13 trucks)

Trivia: Nala is the mother whale of the smaller humpback whale sculpture found at roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and the Esplanade.

Hervey Bay is one of the best place in the country, if not the world, to go whale watching.

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