On the website Beautiful Decay, Danny Olda brings to attention this art installation on the banks of the river Thames by Belgian collective Captain Boomer, featuring a hyper-realistic beached whale surrounded by fake scientists.
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. Thats why it is vital it beaches on a public spot that is freely accessible.
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