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