Christian Gonzenbach

Life Size

Life Size, 2011

Fir wood

550 x 3100 x 900 cm

Constructed in the exact dimensions of a blue whale, the skeletal wooden structure is represented in clean lines after a computerized 3D modeling and creates an illusion of a drawing in space. The monumentality of Life Size offers us an opportunity to measure ourselves against a marine mammal that also happens to be the largest animal living in our time in a 1:1 scale. Also, in this Melvillean confrontation we can absorb the tension in the epically different scales and species between the whale and the human, and perhaps for a moment imagine being underwater and be captivated by the wonderment of a whole new reality.