Storybook Island says goodbye to an old sculpture and hello to a newer one.
A bigger, better, and most importantly, safer Willie the Whale was unveiled Wednesday.
Connie Lazotte, Executive Director of Storybook Island says the old whale was deteriorating making it unsafe for children to play on.
Built from donated materials and more than 900 hours of volunteering from the School of Mines Civil Engineering Society, the new whale also has some new features.
"First of all he's bigger, he's a different shape, but he has a blow hole, that will be seen from time to time, and he also has little port holes so the kids can go inside the whale and look out over the water," says Lazotte.
The finishing touches, such at paint, won't be completed until spring but Lazotte says Willie will be decorated for the Festival of Lights.