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Whale Dance

Submitted by Jim Sardonis

Client: Preservation Trust of Vermont

Location: Burlington, VT, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $330,000

Project Team


Preservation Trust of Vermont


Jim Sardonis

Natural Forms, INC

Industry Resource

Polich Tallix


Thirty years after completing “Reverence,” the black granite whales’ tails that reside in South Burlington, VT, I was commissioned to create a new, larger version in bronze. “Whale Dance” is now installed in the very same spot that Reverence spent its first ten years. After helping stop a proposed development of this land, the Preservation Trust of Vermont, with the help of funding from the Vermont Community Foundation, commissioned a new work for the old site. Whale Dance arrived in July of 2019 to a very warm welcome by the Randolph community.


It turns out that the people of Randolph missed the sculpture they had grown accustomed to on the beautiful hillside off I 89 Exit 4 with a stunning view of the mountains beyond. The goal was to create something reminiscent of the earlier work that had been here but different in design, size and material.


I created many scale models which were shared and reviewed with the commissioning agency. Together we chose the final design.

Additional Information

The work was cast at the Polich-Tallix Foundry in Rock Tavern, NY.