The Whale Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla

Harlingen used to be all about whaling. Nowadays we no longer kill these big and grandiose animals, but prefer to conserve them. For reasons that are unclear, they are now, more than ever, found stranded in shallow waters. The fountain of Harlingen is a lifelike sperm whale. He lies as if he is lost in the Zuiderpier, but, from time to time, his powerful water jet proves that he is still alive. And so ‘The Whale’ testifies to the enormous effect that man has on everything that lives in the sea.
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities

Inspiration: the maritime history of the town and its whaling past
Material: synthetic resin, PU foam with steel frame
Size: 18 m long, 2.5 m high (scale 1: 1)
Location: in the Willemshaven (harbour), near the Zuiderpier

Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla (USA, b. 1974 / Cuba, b. 1971)
‘On the barricades’ could be the motto of the Puerto Rico based artist couple, Allora & Calzadilla. Using all the means available in contemporary art, they criticise the ruthless and violent exploitation of man and nature by the global political-economic system. With their often very direct sculptures, videos and photographs, they show the consequences of this, whilst also calling us, through performances and musical projects, to protest.