This sculpture of a Humpback Whale was inspired by the death of several whales that occurred in recent years because of fishing nets or accidents with boats. This rare and beautiful piece is believed to be umbuia wood from South America that has travelled all the way up to the Gaspe Coast. The long piece of wood (behind the whale) is believed to belong to a stranded boat, as well as the bottom piece of antique cast-iron, all found on the shores. The red part shows a thermometer of the decreasing population all the way down to zero (let's hope we won't get there!) The mesh part represents a fishing net that the whale is just about to encounter and quite sadly seal her fate....
We seem to be reading how she feels by the intensity of her gaze.
In the cast-iron part, there are offerings of environmentally conscious passerby's, given while the artist was working outdoors on the piece. There is just about everything that can be found on the beach such as agates, shells, polished stones, beach glass, fossiles, etc, all covered by a solid epoxy like finish to preserve them.
The piece is called Jonah's Prayer as there seem to be a small being made of driftwood who seems to be in the praying position, just at the bottom of the cast-iron rod. The most remarkable offering was that of an actual whale-bone plate which has been fixed onto the cast iron part.
A wonderful piece for the advised collector.
Please note that I can provide more pictures and a 3D video of the piece upon request.
Wood, metal, shells, recycled materials, antique boat pieces
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