Archangel of Seven Seas


Marcus Copper, Archangel of Seven Seas, 1998
Marcus Copper, Archangel of Seven Seas, 1998. © Finnish National Gallery / Central Art Archives / Petri Smith


A huge sculpture using organ pipes to recreate the body of a whale, held in mid-air with a steel frame. Steel, wood, organ pipes, electric motor.

Upon entering the room, the massive sculpture imposes respect. The shape of the whale, most likely close to the size of a live animal, is immediately recognizable. It's only afterwards that it is possible to understand its body is made of organ pipes, its head sculpted wood, and it's internal organs, tubes carrying compressed air to make it sing.

The organ sounds fill the room, and the whale song and its loud breathing are mesmerizing.

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