Created by Belgian arts collective Captain Boomer, a life-sized fiberglass beached whale was placed on the bank of the River Thames in London last week. The realistic art installation appeared on the eve of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF 2013), an outdoor arts festival held in the capital.
The 17m sperm whale beached close to Cutty Sark Gardens, provided a metaphor for the disruption of our ecological system. Created in collaboration with Zephyr Wildlife Reconstruction, the sculpture shocked and engaged Londoners before being moved off the shore to the Old Royal Naval College. GDIF audiences will be able to view it there as part of the Greenwich Fair programme until June 29th.
My Modern Met reports that performers dressed as experts were seen assessing the situation, adding to the realism of the installation. Real experts from the British Divers Marine Association were also at the scene to explain to curious onlookers what would actually take place if the beaching of a whale happened again (like it did in 2006 in London). Click through to see pictures of the Great Greenwich Whale: