Shezad Dawood, 2017
Edition of 10
Resin and ferric acid
10,5 × 41 × 12 cm

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The painting The Whale Beached between Scheveningen and Katwijk, with Elegant Sightseers by Esaias van de Velde (1617) was a point of departure for the Leviathan sculptures.

Factum Arte´s Irene Gaumé prepared a 3D model combining the 17th Century Dutch work with a 1956 film version of Moby Dick by John Huston. Representing Capitan Ahab doomed in a deathly embrace with the white whale, Dawood's work suggests the need to find a more radical, positivist vision of co-habiting between human and marine species.

The printed 3D model served as the basis for a silicone mould, which was cast in iron-filled resin. The sculpture was coated ferric acid to obtain an aged appearance.

Silicone mould of the printed 3D model

Casting the mould in iron-filled resin

Leviathan: cast in iron-filled resin

The Leviathan sculptures were coated with ferric acid


Leviathan, details