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The Sentinels of the Sound sculpture is coming together in the studios of northwest sculptor Georgia Gerber. It depicts a mother harbor seal and her pup and will be installed near the Alki Bathhouse in a special ceremony on Sept. 8. The Seal Sitters, who commissioned the sculpture, is sponsoring a children's art and essay contest to commemorate the event.

Seal Sitters art and essay contest for children celebrates Year of the Seal

Tell the story of the first seal pup 'Spud'

West Seattle based marine mammal organization Seal Sitters is sponsoring an art and essay contest for Seattle area children grades K-5 encouraging them to become involved in protecting marine mammals and help keep our waters free of trash.

The contest is in part a celebration of The “Sentinels of the Sound” sculpture, being prepped by noted northwest artist Georgia Gerber due to be unveiled on Sept. 8 on Alki.

Seal Sitters is asking kids to imagine, through words and/or art media, the story of seal pup Spud (the name of our very first pup that came ashore in 2007), depicted in the sculpture with his mom (be on the lookout for the upcoming contest to name the mother seal).

Ideas can include: Where did Spud and his mom travel from? What do they see swimming together? What adventures has Spud had along the way? Where does Spud sleep? Anything about seal pups that might spark a child’s imagination is perfect for this contest! Too young to write? While they look forward to seeing written entries in a kid’s handwriting, stories can be transcribed by an adult - they want everyone to be able to weave tales about Spud and his mom.

Essays will be judged by a panel of writers led by noted National Geographic author (and Seal Sitters co-founder) Brenda Peterson. The artwork will be judged by a panel of artists.

All entries will be displayed at the “Harbor Seal Day” celebration and dedication on Sunday, September 8th from 1-4pm at the Alki Bathhouse. Winners will be recognized at the event and prizes awarded. Selected entries will also be displayed on Seal Sitters websites.

Entries for the contest must be received by August 15th. Please read the size limitations and other rules here. Drop off locations for entries are Alki Mail and Dispatch, Alki Arts (Alki beach location) and NW Art and Frame (4733 California Ave Sw).

Entries can also be mailed to: Seal Sitters, 4701 SW Admiral Way #224, Seattle, 98116.

Links to the work of Brenda Peterson:

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