Streams in the Wasteland: Whale Hymn (2015)

As part of my 'Streams in the Wasteland' series depicting wild animals in abandoned spaces, I imagined the concept for this painting over a year earlier, then found architectural reference from the ruins of a 12th century cathedral in London. This would provide an intriguing exterior for an ocean scene emanating through stained glass. I had become interested in Humpback Whales from watching the BBC series 'Ocean Giants', which recorded epic sights and sounds of the largest mammals to ever live on the planet. The behaviour of whales, specifically their vocalization, remains somewhat of a mystery to scientists. Many believe their 'songs' are more than mating calls, for the non-utilitarian act of expressing emotions. In contemplating this I recalled the gothic cathedral, a place for praise where parishioners sang hymns to their Creator. So also metaphorically the haunting chants from the giants of the deep bring honour to their Maker.
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Streams in the Wasteland: Whale Hymn

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