Dancing with Sea Lions

Dancing with Sea Lions

Dancing with Sea Lions


Dancing With Sea Lions Umi No Nami By Ellen Huntingdon

Umi No Nami By Ellen Huntingdon

Location: West Old Town
Boardwalk next to Bridge

Umi No Nami was created by artist Ellen Huntingdon. Her name means “sea of waves” in Japanese. Umi can be found dancing at the Interpretive Center on the West end of the Old Town boardwalk, overlooking the Siuslaw River and the Bridge, on the decking just West of Waterfront Depot. Sponsored by the City of Florence Urban Renewal Agency, she has a great view and her favorite time of year is the holidays when the boardwalk is lit with beautiful twinkling lights. 


Ellen Huntingdon

Project Name:  Umi no Nami   (Sea Of Waves)
Sponsor and Owner: Florence Urban Renewal Agency

Blessed with a gift of wanderlust, Florence Artist, Ellen Huntingdon has traveled the world over. But what has affected her most is the ukiyo-e print style of Japan.  Huntingdon says she fell in love with their fascination of the ocean and its many depictions. She says there are a surprising amount of commonalities that tie our little town by the sea to our western neighbors, this includes our shared appreciation of the natural world that surrounds us. Huntingdon believes the ocean is one of our greatest unifying factors, a bridge between our two cultures.  The mighty Pacific is the main inspiration for “Umi no Nami.”

With “Umi No Nami,” Huntingdon said she wanted to incorporate her favorite style of art into a piece of work that is representative of her community.  Its rolling waves illustrate the spirit of Dancing With Sea Lions, giving Naota a playful design that helps create movement from head to tail. There is no single focal point that strictly defines “Umi No Nami”. From every angle, every side, there is something interesting and different to see. She hopes that this piece adds color, life, and enjoyment to the community in which it is placed. 
As a reward Ellen says the smile she receives when someone looks at her art is the greatest encouragement she can be given to continue. Art is never just for herself and she loves to share her passion. Huntingdon always hope that someone will be inspired by her works as much as she has been inspired by the works of others. Inspired to greet the day with a smile, to try for something just out of a reach, to slow down and enjoy life just a bit more. Ellen said Florence is her home, and it is a privilege to be able to give something back. 
Throughout her Naota project she used Winsor & Newton  Artists’ Acrylic White Gesso, 
Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylic Paint and Lascaux Acrylic Transparent Varnish.

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