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

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 deathly embrace with the white whale, Dawood's work suggest 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.

  • The painting The Whale Beached between Scheveningen and Katwijk, with Elegant Sightseers by Esaias van de Velde (1617)
  • Gregory Peck as Capitain Ahab in John Huston´s adaptation of Moby Dick
  • 3D model updating van de Velde´s work
  • The 3D render combines details from the XVII century painting and a film adaptation of Moby Dick
  • 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
  • Leviathan, details

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