There is a paper, published in late 2004, sharing 12 years of research on a rare, hybrid blue whale - this specific whale has never been seen, only heard. Its unique song captured on the sonar array of Cold War era equipment scattered about the bottom of the Pacific. For decades, The Whale has called out, but, because its voice comes in at 52 Hz, whereas all other whales sing at 10-15 Hz, its song has gone unanswered.
And so, 52 has wandered the open water, year after year, alone.
Since the papers initial release, the rather heartbreaking story (if you read between-the-lines of otherwise matter-of-fact migration charts) has spread, and just within the last few years there has been an upswell of music, film, painting, and art - all inspired by the 52 Hz whale.
This unique whale and its strange story are at the center of this project, and this rather ambitious, moving structure presents a simple idea; a catalyst exploring The Whale as 21st century folklore, while bringing attention to the problems faced by our oceans cetaceans, not through the story of a species, but an individual creature.
It is this that we imagine when we think of the final installation - the kinetic life sized sculpture, slowly swimming above you in a dimly lit warehouse setting, it’s mirrored triangles reflecting the light and faces, the sound of it’s base song playing and enveloping you in the experience.