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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 August 2018

Five tonnes of plastic waste from ocean used to create whale installation in Belgium

The sculpture was titled “Skyscraper (The Bruges Whale)” and created to bring attention to the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the waters

A giant whale created out of plastic waste and weighting five tonnes has been put on display in Bruges, Belgium.

The sculpture was titled “Skyscraper (The Bruges Whale)” and created to bring attention to the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the waters.

The project was originally started as a kickstarter by StudioKCA. The plastic waste was pulled out of the Pacific Ocean and turned into a 12-metre tall whale for the 2018 Bruges Triennial.

On their page, they described what they got their inspiration for their idea: “A whale, breaching from the water, is the first "skyscraper of the sea", and as the largest mammal in the water, it felt like the right form for our piece to take in order to show the scope and scale of the problem. Also, we were able to pull over five tonnes of plastic out of the ocean in a very short period of time, which means we have material for something large.”

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