Hyperrealistic Beached Whale Shocks London

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Have you ever seen a whale beached on the shore of the river Thames in Greenwich?

Don’t worry, this isn’t a real whale, but a life-size, 17-meter long fiberglass whale, created by Belgian Art collective Captain Boomer. And those people are performers, who acted like scientists.

What’s the meaning? Captain Boomer states, “The psychological archetype of the dead big fish leaves no one untouched. It stirs and mobilizes a local community. During our beachings, we see an intensive interaction among the crowd. People address each other, speculate and wonder. They offer help and ask for information. The different layers of perception create funny games. Some audience members know it is a work of art but feed the illusion to other people. The sperm whale appeals to everyone, regardless of social or cultural background. It is the place where everyone gets together. That’s why it is vital it beaches on a public spot that is freely accessible.”

The whale is now placed at the lawn of The Royal Naval College at Cutty Sark where it remain on view until June 29.

  [via www.mymodernmet.com]

Photo credit: GDIF

Photo credit: GDIF

Photo credit: Mike King

Photo credit: Mike King

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