The “Celestial Whale” is a large-scale automaton, a simple, human powered machine. It is made of articulated sections, each composed of recuperated materials, suspended inside an icosahedron that represents the Earth. A hand crank generates the whale’s movement, making it swim through space.
A whale is a symbol of peace and tranquillity but also of our fight to combat the dangers menacing the earth and all its inhabitants: climate change, pollution and many others. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, whales are now protected by international law due to individuals coming together to act. This installation demonstrates that an individual can have an impact both on the people around them but also on the planet as a whole.