New Willy the Whale taking shape at Storybook Island - KOTA Territory News

New Willy the Whale taking shape at Storybook Island


If you've ever visited Storybook Island, either as a kid or with your kids, you'll remember Willy the Whale.

School of Mines Engineering students are re–building the popular sculpture, after years of wear and tear, left Willy in ruins.

The great blue whale, that you can actually walk inside of, even withstood the Flood of 1972.

Sunday, the students began construction on the outer shell of the Willy, hoping to build another sturdy whale that will be at the park for years to come.

"It's a pretty great experience, some of us wrote our names and things on the inside before we got going, so I think everyone's really proud of their work and Storybook Island especially has shown their appreciation," says Tony Kulesa, President of the Mines Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Local sponsors around the community donated all the materials and equipment needed to complete Willy. 

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