The Whale Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla

Harlingen
Harlingen was once a town dedicated to the whaling industry. Today, we no longer strive to kill these huge, majestic animals, but to save their lives instead. Especially now that, with increasing frequency and for reasons that remain unclear, we are finding them stranded in shallow water. The Harlingen fountain depicts a highly life-like sperm whale. He lays by the South pier as if lost, although from time to time his powerful spout provides a clear sign of life. The Whale fountain illustrates the enormous effects of human activity on all living creatures in the sea.
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities

Inspiration: the city’s maritime history and the whaling industry
Material: synthetic resin, PU foam with steel frame
Size: 18 m long, 2.5 m high (scale 1: 1)
Location: in the Willemshaven port near the South pier

‘On the barricades’ could be the motto of the Puerto Rico based artist couple, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla (USA, b. 1974 / Cuba, b. 1971). 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.

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