Despite a possible lockdown, the exhibition project “The Cast Whale Project” with a life-size, 14 m long whale sculpture by the Israeli artist Gil Shachar, who lives in Germany, will still be open to visitors. The whale will be “stranded” in the St. Elisabeth Church in Berlin-Mitte on the occasion of Gallery Weekend 2021 and can be visited daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until 14 May 2021 (admission free of charge, FFP 2 mask obligatory, limited to 50 people in the nave at a time). The project was realised on the initiative of the gallery Semjon Contemporary, which represents the artist Gil Shachar.
After years of research, which began in 2013, Gil Shachar received permission from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs to mould a dead humpback whale for an art project. For this purpose, the artist had assembled a team on site that was ready to be called up and that would immediately begin securing and moulding a dead stranded animal after the artist’s “go”.
After a two-year wait, a beached whale suitable for the cast was discovered in Lamberts Bay in August 2018, lying on its back, and was allowed to be used for the art project. …
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Image caption: Gil Shachar, 2021, The Cast Whale Project @ St. Elisabeth, Berlin, Photo: Artland, Sarah Kivi, by courtesy of the artist and Semjon Contemporary