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 Harlingen to test and assess the installation. Up until the end of 2017, Grappa was the producer for The Whale on behalf of artists Allora & Calzadilla. It is very clear that the installation can spray, but how do we make it resemble the spray of a sperm whale best? Many tests are done: a bit lower, a bit wider, more air, shorter, fiercer … In between tests the nozzle is easily adjusted in the workplace. Everything is filmed and in the end the artists will decide how the water image should be.


March 20, 2018:
Nozzles in the making. There are four exits for four optional sprayers.

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.