Beach Park Debuts Largest Sea Turtle Sculpture 


Beach Park Debuts Largest Sea Turtle Sculpture 

Chelsea Fedigan shows just how tall the latest member of the South Padre Sea Turtle Art Trail is.
Chelsea Fedigan shows just how tall the latest member of the South Padre Sea Turtle Art Trail is.

The third – and largest – of South Padre Island’s Sea Turtle Art Trail turtles has “hatched” at Beach Park on South Padre Island. Painted by mother and daughter artists Beth and Chelsea Fedigan, the enormous turtle is near the entrance of Beach Park Water Park.

The 11-foot-tall sea turtle depicts the beauty of living on the island. The Fedigans have spent months on the design depicting sea life, palm trees and islands. Completion of the final finishing touches came the last few days before display. Beth Fedigan, primarily a watercolorist, and Chelsea Fedigan, well known for infusing her paintings with a comic flair, chronicled part of their journey in an online gallery on Instagram.

Living in the tropics is reflected in Beth’s paintings. She uses bold and vibrant use of color and tropical subject matter.  She keeps busy with commissions and participates in a number of art shows every year. Chelsea is best known for her colorful and lively dog portraits.

“I have combined my background in cartoons and graphics with my painting,” said Chelsea.

Both artists live on South Padre Island.

Access For All Island Visitors

“Although our park is closed, we are committing to offering Island visitors access for photos with our turtle,” said Jimmy Hawkinson, general manager of Beach Park. The park ended its season earlier this summer in light of the coronavirus. However, since the giant turtle is near the entrance of the park, providing access is very doable.

”It’s the largest member of the Sea Turtle Art Trail, so we don’t want people to miss it,” Hawkinson explained.

South Padre Island is one of the world’s foremost spots for the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Art Trail as an ideal photo backdrop on an island that celebrates, rescues and works to protect sea turtles.

“Here on the Island, we have a special place in our heart for sea turtles and artists. With the addition of Beach Park’s sea turtle we are almost halfway through what will be an engaging trail showcasing great work by local and regional artists,” said South Padre Island’s CVB Director Ed Caum. “We can’t wait to share even more in the next few weeks. Exploring the Sea Turtle Trail will be a great way to ‘coastal distance.’” Turtles on the trail are hatching every week or two.