Bristol Hosts Installation of Whales in Plastic Garbage

The creators draw attention to the environmental problems of the world’s oceans.

On Friday, July 17th, a sculpture of two life size whales was presented in Millennium Square in Bristol (UK). The whales are “swimming” in the waves made from 70,000 plastic bottles, writes The Telegraph. The creators of the project are drawing attention to the problems plastic garbage causes the ocean’s fauna. Annually more than 8 million tons of plastic (that equals the weight of tens of thousands of whales) finds its way to the world’s ocean.

Initially, the sculptors were planning to create the life size whale on the square (the maximum length of the whale is 30 m). City authorities decided that it will be not practical. So, the artwork features a 10 m head and a 6 m tail. The total weight of the sculpture is about six tons.

The whale installation is part of efforts to mark the Bristol’s status as the European Green Capital, an award launched in 2008 for a European city based on its environmental records. Earlier, Stockholm (Sweden), Hamburg (Germany), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), Nantes (France), and Copenhagen (Denmark) were given Green Capital Award.

The Whales will be on display until September 1st.


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(Photo on the cover: Jeremy Fennell / FLickr.)

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