Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Whale Of A Tale

I took these shots around this time of year last year, and found a spare pair of unpublished shots among my archives. A life sized set of narwhals and beluga whale sculptures hang here in the World Exchange Plaza downtown.




47 comments:

  1. Do they hang there permanently, William? I hope they are made from polystyrene or some-such ...

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  2. That is certainly something different!

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  3. Seeing such whales inside a building would make my hear swim.

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  4. I thought the whales were only in the seas.
    (Just kidding).

    Tomás.

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  5. Love those narwahl with the spike! Unicorns of the sea.

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  6. That's a strange kind of flying fish ... ;-)

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  7. Interesting those flying whales in the mall!

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  8. Wow, I love this!! Whales swimming in the air. What a spectacular exhibit!
    While back in Atlanta Airport, I saw exhibit of giant ants crawling on upper walls around baggage claim area. And many many ants. It was a very interesting concept, but a bit scary to see so many huge ants..haha.

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  9. The bottom shot is spectacular, William !

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  10. @Julie: oh, yes, they're a permanent exhibit. I don't know what the material is, but it's light enough that if you get an air current going through that space, you might see them sway slightly.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Halcyon: they have the effect of making what would otherwise be another office tower interesting.

    @Dina: thanks!

    @Tomas: I know!

    @Peter: they certainly are peculiar.

    @Revrunner: The Christmas tree is a nice touch for the place this time of year.

    @Jan: that's one way to put it.

    @Marianne: I'm reminded of one of the scenes in Fantasia 2000 with flying whales.

    @Hilary: so do I.

    @Tamago: that might unsettle a few people!

    @Karl: thanks!

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  11. Very cool. Melville would love these, I bet. Captain Ahab? Not so much.

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  12. The people in that plaza are "swimming" with the whales!

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  13. A beautiful mall. You'd need a mall that size to hang these whales. Impressive. I hope they are well-secured, though, or a shopper is going to get a whale of a blow on the head!

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  14. A bit strange, but really fascinating shots...

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  15. Wonderful! I like the golden light.

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  16. Wonderful space...lots of it too. Much needed for a display like this me thinks!

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  17. @Tex: I enjoy seeing them whenever I go in there.

    @Birdman: Captain Ahab would benefit from therapy!

    @Sharon: indeed!

    @Lowell: it's a good use of what would otherwise be unused space.

    @Luis: I certainly do think so.

    @VP: it's something you don't expect to see in such a place.

    @EG: they've got something similar hanging in the Nature Museum, also life sized.

    @Norma: definitely.

    @Judy: on that day, the lights were like that. I've been in there when the lights have been softer. I should try it then.

    @Lauren: certainly!

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  18. Looks like all of this is gold! Very beautiful

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  19. Cool place. Interesting things can be done by hanging things from above.

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  20. These look familiar somehow (though one of them looks like a gigantic banana in the first shot, sorry!! :-)) I wonder if they are back this year!

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  21. We have seen beluga whales in an aqua park in Vancouver a few years ago. Amazing animals.

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  22. Nice to see a void put to good use. I hope there's interpretive info somewhere nearby. The offer a great teachable moment.

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  23. @Eve: at lunch time in there during the week, it can be anything but peaceful!

    @Spiderdama: thanks!

    @Red: it gives the place more appeal than it would otherwise have.

    @RedPat: thank you!

    @Ciel: yes, I've featured them before. They're always hanging there... the Christmas tree, however, is a limited time only thing. They've actually seemed to add a few things on around this area though this year.

    @Marleen: I'd love to see them in the wild.

    @Kay: as much as I've looked, there's not really interpretive material on them there.

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  24. i have always loved whales. such monsters. i wonder what they think of all the other fish? i know i know, me so hungry & they are small enough to eat. ( :

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  25. I haven't been there lately, either! Fun!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  26. What a wonderful sight they must be.

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  27. Fish in a mall, I don't know about that.

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  28. Great photos. They look like they're swimming around the christmas tree. :)

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  29. @Beth: they're magnificent animals.

    @Jennifer: I like it in the summer when the plaza outside has musicians.

    @Denise: I've always found them interesting.

    @Cheryl: it is!

    @Mari: I think so.

    @Randy: it's unusual.

    @Debs: yes, they do!

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  30. Those animals need to be protected at all costs! So beautiful.

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  31. The artwork does seem odd in this location, but sure there is a reason behund it, and I did like the post title too.

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  32. They make an amazing feature William.. unfortunately we've had a few whales wash up on our beaches lately, so sad to see, especially when they've been nibbled by sharks :(

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  33. Poetic and aerian feeling ... quite strange considering these big animals.

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  34. At the moment we have a life size heart of a Blue Whale in Picton. The children are encouraged to climb in and out and over it. Huge great thing! I prefer your golden whale.

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