Artist: Yolanda Vandergaast
The most regal of all penguins, the Emperor penguins
in the Odette Sculpture Park stand erect overlooking the Detroit River.
Residents of the Antarctic, these elegant sculptured birds are almost life-size
in this rendition, standing 100-130 cm high and weighing 60-80 pounds.
Created out of aluminium and painted by artist Yolanda
Vandergaast, Penguins on a Waterfall presents a playful image of strength and
endurance. Standing tall even in strong and high winter winds, these flightless
birds are searching for home and waiting for summer. Tremendous swimmers, the
Penguins appear ready to dive into the Detroit River.
Penguins on a Waterfall integrates the gentle sloping
of the riverfront park with a customized waterfall of slate and granite rocks.
Each penguin stands independently yet united into the landscape and the
community of three.