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The sperm whale of Harlingen

“Our visit to Harlingen taught us that whaling played a big role in the maritime history of the city. The whale was once the object of trade, but for romantics it also symbolized the sublime forces of the sea.

Today, whales are the victims of human omnipotence and control over all life forms. These massive animals, that never belonged in the Wadden Sea, now get beached in shallow waters. Instead of hunting them, people now strive to save them.

The fountain we would like to create, a true-to-life sperm whale in the port, references this. This life-sized sperm whale is lost at the Zuiderpier but the powerful water jet that it sprays at irregular times shows that it is indeed alive.

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The sperm whale of Harlingen

“Our visit to Harlingen taught us that whaling played a big role in the maritime history of the city. The whale was once the object of trade, but for romantics it also symbolized the sublime forces of the sea.

Today, whales are the victims of human omnipotence and control over all life forms. These massive animals, that never belonged in the Wadden Sea, now get beached in shallow waters. Instead of hunting them, people now strive to save them.

The fountain we would like to create, a true-to-life sperm whale in the port, references this. This life-sized sperm whale is lost at the Zuiderpier but the powerful water jet that it sprays at irregular times shows that it is indeed alive.

It would also be wonderful if you could hear a Harlingen choir singing to it softly and lovingly from time to time. This is how the Whale fountain remembers the history and it encourages the city’s many stories around shipping and whaling. But it also bears witness to the enormous influence that man has on everything living in the sea. Maybe it will get us thinking collectively about the consequences of our intervention in natural systems that far exceed human interests.”

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Address:
Nieuwe Willemshaven 1
8862 PK Harlingen
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Opening hours

  • daily until December 31st, 2018from 00:00 to 23:00

Prices

  • Free

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