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E.T. Pacific Walrus


Artwork Title: E.T. Pacific Walrus

Location: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium – Front entrance

  • Selected Artist: Matthew Gray Palmer
  • Installation Date: September 2017
  • Budget: $130,000

Project Overview:

A committee selected Matthew Gray Palmer in January 2017 to create a life-size bronze memorial sculpture of E.T, a beloved Pacific walrus at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.  The portrait was hand-sculpted and cast in bronze. Lisa Triggs, E.T.’s longtime caretaker, was part of the selection committee and helped ensure that the final sculpture was true to E.T.’s likeness and spirit. E.T. now greets all visitors as they enter the zoo.