Harlingen

Harlingen was once a town dedicated to the whaling industry. Today, we no longer strive to kill these huge, majestic animals, but want to save their lives instead. Especially now that, for reasons that remain unclear, we increasingly find them stranded in shallow water. The Harlingen fountain depicts a very life-like sperm whale. It lies near the Zuiderpier as if lost, although from time to time its powerful spouts indicates that it’s still alive. ‘The Whale’ shows the enormous impact man has on all life in the sea.

Polyester resin with steel frame
18 m long, 2.5 m high (scale 1:1)

Source of inspiration: the maritime history of the city and the whaling industry
Location: in the Willemshaven near the Zuiderpier
Address: Nieuwe Willemshaven, 8862 RZ Harlingen

The Whale

Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla

Origins

Visser SMP makes the sperm whale squirt

With a lot of enthusiasm Visser Special Metal Products from Harlingen is developing and fabricating the installation to make the Whale Fountain squirt. A video showing the first test went viral immediately. It’s Dutch only, but you will get the gist. October 6, 2017: December 6, 2017:Grappa Studio from Paris is visiting Visser SMP in […]

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Companies in Harlingen and Belgium make the whale together

To make The Whale Fountain for Harlingen, Harlinger companies are working close together. They have the specialist know-how and above all the know exactly what forces of nature come to play in the harbour where The Whale will be situated right in the water among the ships. The engineering and the fabrication of the frame, […]

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Potvis schaalmodel

At Zephyr Wildlife the clay model of the sperm whale is finished and agreed upon by the artists Allora & Calzadilla. A digital 3D model will be made of this clay one, based upon which the engineering will be done. Adonin in Harlingen will calculate the necessary strength of the frame and foundation.

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Slices

The model of the sperm whale is milled out in full size slices which will later be put together. The whale is made by the Belgian company Zephyr Wildlife. March 16, 2018: March 22, 2018:Almost all parts are ready now. The head alone is 4.5 meters long. It will hold the machine room to contain […]

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Jennifer-Allora-Guillermo-Calzadilla

Jennifer Allora & Guillermo CalzadillaVS, CU

‘On the barricades’ could have been the motto of artist couple Allora & Calzadilla (1974, 1971) who live in Puerto Rico. With all the means available to contemporary art, they criticize 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 while using their performances and musical projects to call for resistance.

Work by Allora & Calzadilla is included in the collection of the MoMa in New York, the Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern. In 2011, they represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. For this, they placed an upturned army tank outside the American pavilion with an athlete running on top of the caterpillar tracks.

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