A concrete dolphin that used to swim in the shallows of the Bryant Square Park wading pool has been given a shining new mosaic skin.
After a short spell in storage during the pool’s 2018 reconstruction, the dolphin was returned to the park as a standalone sculpture last fall.
This August, artist Sharra Frank worked with a team of volunteers from the South Uptown neighborhood to cut tile, set mosaic patterns, apply grout and paste many-faceted swatches of color onto the dolphin’s flanks, flukes and flippers.
The finished sculpture was unveiled on Aug. 25. The project cost about $12,500, with $10,000 coming from the neighborhood organization and $2,500 coming from a People for Parks Foundation grant. Most of the expense involved the dolphin’s concrete base.