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Wood Carvings

As you walk around Valdez, you notice art placed prominently around town, including the Peter Toth "Whispering Giant" on Pioneer Drive. Other carvings are located around the docks and harbor and at Crooked Creek, as well as decorating local establishments or on display in our museums. 

Peter Toth Whispering Giant Carving

During the summer and fall of 1981, Prince William Sound College in Valdez hosted Hungarian-born sculptor Peter Toth, who at the time had undertaken a vow to carve a sculpture in each of the fifty states. The monument he carved in Valdez was his fortieth tribute honoring the United States' Native American heritage. In the early 1980s, Toth appeared on several major television networks discussing his work. He refused to take any payment for any of the monuments. Toth viewed them as a gift to the American people. Wood for some of his smaller carvings in Valdez came from Cordova, while the larger piece for the Whispering Giant carving came from the Sitka area. The sculpture is on permanent display by the Prince William Sound College student housing on Pioneer Drive in Valdez. 

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Crooked Creek Carvings

Wood carvings outside of the Crooked Creek cabin. Photo by Jen Britt

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Octopus Carving

Octopus Carving at Kelsey Dock. Photo by Jeremy Talbott


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Mermaid Carving

Mermaid Carving at Kelsey Dock. Photo by Jeremy Talbott

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