Whale Fluke - 2011

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Bronze, Signed Hamish Mackie
Numbered edition of 12
Dated 2011

22cm high x 28cm wide x 28cm deep
(8.5″ x 11″ x 11″)

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Hamish’s bronze sculpture of a Whale Fluke is such a tactile piece of work. It invites the viewer to touch its smooth surface and voluptuous contours. Hamish has created an extraordinary monument to one of nature’s most remarkable creatures.

The whale’s fluke is so much more than just an appendage to propel these huge marine mammals through the water. With unique markings, they are as individual to each whale as a fingerprint. They are used to assist with feeding, to regulate body temperature, and to communicate by slapping on the surface of the ocean. When a whale dives to the depths, the last thing we see of him is his fluke rising up above the sea – an iconic image.

In 2011, I headed down to Antarctica with Ice Tracks. We travelled through Grytviken, South Georgia, a place not only known because of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Falkland War, but also for the whaling station which closed in 1966. When the whaling station closed, whales were near to extinction. Having just left Grytviken, it was an inspiring moment when we saw a whale fluke emerge from the water, a moment that just needed to be sculpted, which I did, on board the boat.

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