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Wednesday 5th of August 2015
Bristol is currently hosting two new temporary art installations depicting Whales in their natural habitat, as part of the European Green Capital year. The Bristol Whales project is initiated by Artists Project Earth (APE) Two life size whale sculptures are taking residence on At-Bristol’s Millennium Square this summer, as part of the European Green Capital year. The whales, which are fittingly constructed from wicker, a bio-degradable product, will be surrounded by a ‘sea of plastic’ formed from thousands of bottles, in order to spread the environmentalist message. The artwork was commissioned as part of the Bristol 2015 public programme, and encourages visitors to leave a virtual message in a bottle.
This project was set up to raise awareness around the pollution in the ocean and the damage it does to species that are native to the sea, as well as the harm that it causes to humans. Herbert Girardet, APE Trustee and Co-Founder, said: “The fate of the oceans and that of humanity is inextricably linked. The damage we are doing to world’s oceans affects both aquatic life and human life alike. Humanity must act urgently and creatively to address these issues. The Blue Whale project is designed to motivate people to be part of the solution.”
These installations are running alongside, but not aligned to, the Shaun in the City campaign, which sees 70 large sculptures of Aardman’s much-loved character Shaun the Sheep dotting the streets and green spaces of Bristol. Once the display is over, the sculptures will be auctioned off for a children’s charity.
Both of the above art installations will remain in Bristol until 31st August 2015.