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Whale watching in downtown Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- It's a whale of an art work in downtown Kennewick.

Orca and its Calf, a wood sculpture carved by Kennewick artist Butch Elrod, is currently on exhibit at You & I Framing and Gallery. Elrod says the sculpture came from local sycamore trees.

"Both these pieces are from a single segment of log and the larger orca is six pieces of wood," Elrod says. "The tail is actually book-matched wood where I cut a slab in half and opened it up and glued it together."

Elrod has been working with wood for five years, He says this is his most labor intensive and refined work yet.

"Most artists measure their work in hours or days. This took weeks."

The piece is for sale at $15,000. Whale watching is free at the gallery at 214 W. First Street.