“The Whale” is a Beach Guardian initiative… and collaborative project… a way to raise awareness of the issues of ghost gear in the oceans and on our beaches.
Andrew Whittle is one of the winners from Netflix’s “Big Flower Fight” show; Many fans loved the unique and imaginative designs. Beach Guardian provided all of the marine plastics and ghost gear in Episode 6. After the show, Andrew was commissioned by Kew Gardens to create a living sculpture of a humpback whale which was on display in their grounds during September.
Grace Emily Manning is an exhibiting artist and Experimental Animator who has an intuitive response to nature, place and her work entwines environmental, political and cultural issues.
After the whale had spent it’s time at Kew Gardens the frame was relocated to Beach Guardian’s ‘Lab’; our poly tunnel at the back of Trevisker Garden Centre in Padstow. Andrew and Grace spent hundreds of hours working with volunteers and students from the local area to create a Humpback Whale made entirely from ghost gear found on Cornwall’s beaches; collected by Beach Guardian volunteers over recent years. This 8m whale is now on permanent display at Trevisker Garden Centre so do please pay it a visit.
This project has been supported by the family of Joanna Toole and by the Joanna Toole Foundation and we are very grateful for this opportunity. There will be a number of ongoing projects, films, workshops and publicity connected to “The Whale” which will happen during 2021.