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Whale sparkles at centre of new exhibition

02 June 2006

A crystal-encrusted whale skeleton has been unveiled for the Natural History Museum's new exhibition The Ship: The Art of Climate Change.

Artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, immersed the bones of a minke whale into a concentrated salt solution and watched as a spectacular growth of ice-like alum crystals covered the skeleton.

The six-metre-long whale sculpture, called Stranded, is the centrepiece of this contemporary art exhibition displaying specially commissioned art work inspired by the Arctic and climate change.

Artist Dan Harvey with crystallised skull of minke whale

Artist Dan Harvey with crystallised skull of minke whale

Many of the artists have travelled to the Arctic as part of the Cape Farewell project and their displays will take you on a personal journey inspired by the changes facing this northern landscape.

'Articles on climate change appear almost daily in the newspapers, and on television, and it can appear that such issues are beyond our control,' says Bergit Arends, Art Curator at the Natural History Museum.

'This is why we are trying to use the personal experiences of renowned artists, and the creative vocabulary of art rather than science, to raise an awareness that everyone can help alleviate the impacts of climate change.'

The Ship: The Art of Climate Change opens from 3 June - 3 September 2006