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Bronze Whale "Open Sea"

  • The "Open Sea" bronze whale statue, as seen in its original location in Phase Three.
    The "Open Sea" bronze whale statue, as seen in its original location in Phase Three. Note the (now removed) original mirrored walls, and on the pillars.

    Robin Bell - RobinBell.net
  • The Bronze Whale, Open Sea, in its original location.
    The Bronze Whale, Open Sea, in its original location.
  • Edmonton reddit user russelljonesya posted a thread sharing this image.
    Edmonton reddit user russelljonesya posted a thread sharing this image. It appears that this plaque was originally used in the mouth of the statue.

    Reddit user russelljonesya

When Phase Three opened in 1985, one of the attraction included around the time of launch was a bronze whale statue. The official name of this piece is "Open Sea". 

The statue, whose head lone weighs over 4500 kgs, was set in a shallow pool of water - often sprinkled with coins tossed in from passers by. Unique to this statue vs. others which existed in the mall, was the ability to interact with it by walking into its open mouth and having a seat inside, or posing for that unqiue photo opportunity.

The whale was formerly located in the center of the main walking aisle of the mall, situated between  The Ice Palace and Bourbon Street - directly in front of where Victoria's Secret is today. It has since been moved to its current location in Phase One.

The statue was created by Canadian artist Robin Bell [ website ], who also created the Phase Two sculpture of the three oil workers titled "Running In" 


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Bronze Whale "Open Sea"

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Opening Year: 1985

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