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From Hawaii to Utrecht


This giant whale, known to her friends as Skyscraper, has travelled all the way from Hawaii to the Catharijnesingel canal in Utrecht in the Netherlands.


This eleven metre tall whale is made of five tons of litter that used to pollute the ocean around Hawaii. Bowls, dustpans, bins, milk bottles, laundry baskets, colanders, wellies, and even a drum kit, have united to form a young whale who can now teach us to reduce litter, to use less plastic and to work out how to make our rivers and seas survive.


Whilst the plastic used to create this statue was dredged mainly from Hawaii, with some coming from New York state, the people handling it were able to see that much of it came from further afield, having bobbed its way across the oceans from cities around the world.


After an initial appearance in Bruges, Skyscraper arrived in Utrecht in December 2018, performing an official unveiling on 17 January 2019. It will stay here in the Catharijnesingel for around 6 months, before heading on to Paris and then on to a number of other cities.

To see more about the making of this whale, watch this short clip on Youtube;



Copyright Debbie Smyth,  31 January 2019

Posted as part of Lens-Artists

15 replies »

  1. It’s totally shocking the amount of plastic out there, Debs. Thanks for sharing this and the video. We try to pick up on the beaches but it’s just a drop in the ocean. Ha- not funny! 😦 He’s a lovely whale, though. 🙂

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