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


Commissioner: Bert van der Lingen, Nederlandse ambassadeur in Litouwen, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Den Haag
Production: Yens & Yens en CM3 custom-made
Construction: Bussel Engineering
Photography: Andries de Marez Oyens


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