A sculpture of two life-sized whales, made from Somerset willow and 70,000 upcycled plastic bottles, has been unveiled in Bristol to mark the city’s status as the UK’s first European Green Capital. Weighing six tons, The Bristol Whales will be situated in Bristol’s Millennium Square from July 17 to September 1. The artwork depicts a blue whale and humpback whale swimming through an ‘ocean’ of plastic bottles, and represents the fragility of our oceans and the increasing threat of plastic pollution.

Visitors can add their own pledge message in a virtual bottle using The Bristol Whales app, which will then be displayed on a big screen above the whales. The Bristol Whales has been designed and built by Cod Steaks, initiated by Arts Project Earth and funded by Arts Council England as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.

+ The Bristol Whales 

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