Coupeville’s marine exhibit at the wharf gained a giant mural by local artist Kris Wiltse this weekend. The new mural is mounted on a column and invites visitors to explore the full exhibit on the adjacent wall. The updated display is sponsored by Sound Water Stewards of Island County and reflects two years of planning.
Inspired by Jan Holmes, a dedicated marine scientist and Island County Beach Watcher, the mural depicts the abundant life hosted by eelgrass in local waters. Make sure you read Dan Pedersen’s wonderful article about Jan and her vision for telling the story of eelgrass, with a sign with no words.
Pictured with the new mural are (from left): Dan Pedersen, project writer; Daniel Horsell, of Shaving Horse Studio – constructor of the display’s column and cabinet; Scott Rosenkranz, of Rosenkranz Productions – project graphic artist; Barbara Bennett, project team lead and Sound Water Stewards volunteer; and Sarah Schmidt, project scientific advisor and Sound Water Stewards volunteer.