Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Whales in Philadelphia


Look what I found:  Three whales beached in a Philadelphia parking lot!  They were the work of artist Shay Church and about thirty volunteers who slathered wet clay on wooden armatures.  The installation is by no means permanent . . .  You can see the hardened clay flaking off already, after only two weeks exposure to the elements.  But they are profound in decay.

The installation is called Gray Whales: Philadelphia.  The parking lot is on opposite the University of the Arts at 313 South Broad Street, right next to the church.  You can check out the artist's home page here.  It includes a video of the construction of a similar whale elsewhere.

And here are a couple more pics:



Victoria Janssen said...

There's a really neat view of them if you go up to the rooftop garden at the Kimmel.

Michael Swanwick said...

Thanks, Vickie! I'll definitely do that.