Artists Project Earth and funded by Arts Council England

The Bristol Whales

Designed and built by Cod Steaks, initiated by Artists Project Earth and funded by Arts Council England, The Bristol Whales represents the beauty and fragility of our oceans and the increasing human threats that they face.

'The Bristol Whales' project shows Cod Steaks ability to conceive beautiful, emotive and robust works of art that the public can interact and engage with. Using the correct materials was of paramount importance.

Made from willow harvested locally in Somerset, the sculpture depicts two life size whales swimming through an ‘ocean’ of 70,000 plastic bottles, upcycled from the Bath half marathon and Bristol 10k. The tail is 15 metres long, 9 metres wide and 4.8 metres high. The head is 9 metres long, 4 metres wide and 4 metres high.

We harnessed the natural beauty of willow and sympathetically meshed it with graceful rolling plastic bottle waves, to create a simple yet impactful message. What's more, we have made a pledge that every plastic bottle used in the sculpture will be recycled.' This piece of environmental art, rates as one of our greatest achievements, and has attracted interest and praise on a global scale.

Night time photographs courtesy of Paul Box.