View Full Version : Whales, Shipwrecks and Light

04-11-2017, 06:54 AM
I ran across these photos this AM and thought I'd share them.

To me it's interesting that the ships sailed across the oceans in such great peril while the whales glided below the surface with ease.




04-11-2017, 09:52 AM
Those are beautiful. Polyester resin of some sort? Glass?

John of Phoenix
04-11-2017, 09:54 AM

04-11-2017, 10:09 AM
It is resin.

Japanese artist Isana Yamada (http://yamadaisana.strikingly.com/)' s project Samsara (http://isanayamadasamsara.strikingly.com/) is composed of six translucent whales mounted on thin pedestals that give each of the sculptures an illusion of movement. The whales, illuminated from within, provide a window to strange worlds locked inside their resin-coated bodies: churning submarine volcanoes, fluffy white clouds, and even polar bear skeletons that float within. The project, staged at Tokyo University of the Arts (http://www.geidai.ac.jp/english/), references the circle of existence found in Buddhist traditions with each whale displaying a separate scene. The whale that represents the human dimension contains a sunken sailboat, imagery that symbolizes a difficult voyage or plight.
Yamada’s work will also be shown in an exhibition of sculptural works at the Artcomplex Center of Tokyo (http://www.gallerycomplex.com/) from March 1st through 6th. You can see more of his work on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/isana.yamada) here. (via My Modern Met (http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/isana-yamada-whale-sculptures))


amish rob
04-11-2017, 10:42 AM
Oh, yeah. Art is stupid, eh? :)

That unbelievably beautiful things keep being made by us gives me hope. I feel kinship with this spirit, even if the "beauty" I see and create isn't quite this, erm, beautiful.

Thank you for sharing this. I've a friend in Tokyo I must tell.


04-11-2017, 12:04 PM
Nice stuff. Thank you Skip.

David W Pratt
04-11-2017, 03:49 PM
There is an excellent book about the icing in of the Arctic whaling fleet called, interestingly enough, Children of the Light