Richard Ellis, creator of the now-famous blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life at the Denver Museum of Natural History, has always had an interest in capturing animals’ likenesses. Though pictures of blue whales at the time were scarce and of poor quality, Ellis managed to piece together the physical characteristics to create the iconic 10-ton, Styrofoam and fiberglass sculpture.
Ellis believes that the behavior of an animal is just as important as its appearance in order to truly capture it through art. Thus, he always tries to see his subject matter in person before undertaking a project. Ellis has an important philosophy when attempting create images of marine life: “…you are in its element. You don’t belong here, but it does. And then you understand how beautiful it is.”
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