Passage de la Baleine

Oude Lombardsteeg, Leeuwarden 2015

Passage de la Baleine refers to the arcades of Paris as well as to the times when the old marine clay region of Friesland was cloven in two by a sea arm and Leeuwarden was a settlement at the Middelzee. The ribs of a whale skeleton serve as the bows of a passage. The whale seems stuck in the narrow ally in the centre of Leeuwarden, but LED lights incorporated in the 60-meter-long metal structure suggest the movement of an immense, organic leviathan.

Dim. 60 x 3.40 x 7.80m
Bead-blasted maritime aluminium, multi-coloured LEDs and computer

Interviews

Weather Forecast Piet Paulusma from Leeuwarden
Kunstuur Avrotros, documentary by Jeanne van der Horst
Placing a test rib of Passage de la Baleine 24/8/2014>>
Interview omroep LEO (start 1:55) onhulling 27/8/2015>>
Interview GPTV onthulling 27/8/2015>>
Preview of the documentary of Jeanne van der Horst >

Credits


Client: De gemeente Leeuwarden

Production: De Mannen van staal, Yens en Yens, Bastiaan Gribling, Klaas Andriega

Constructor: Bussel Engineering

3D visualisation en animation: Bram Verhavert

Renovation Allee: aannemersbedrijf Doornbos bv, Meesterschilders Friesland B.V, Buitink schilders, Architectenbureau Walon

Art advisor: Ankie Boomstra

Photography: Ilya Rabinovich

Reviews

Een walvis zwemt door de steeg
Ines Jonker / Leeuwarden Courant / 2015

Ellien Cusveller in gesprek met Giny Vos
Ellien Cusveller / 2014

Kunst in de openbare ruimte
Paolo Martina / Beelden Magazine 4# / 2015

Walvis redt Leeuwarder steeg
André Keikes / Fryslan 1 / 2015