Adrián Villar Rojas's Beached Whale Statue is Striki

By: Courtney Scharf - Published: May 16, 2012 • References: boladenieve.org.ar and thisiscolossal
In a provocative and unbelievably realistic new undertaking, Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas has created an almost life-size beached whale. Placed in a forest, clearly out of place, this is an extremely emotive piece.

Purposefully misplaced but oddly true-to-life, the artificial whale is a standout piece and truly one-of-a-kind. Viewers of the abandoned and helpless whale can't help but feel a sense of sorrow and discomfort for the creature. The statue seems to seek to make audiences feel as though they are helpless in their attempts to fix the apparent situation. The piece remains throughout the year, and photos from the winter are the most powerful. To see snow on a whale is even more staggeringly bizarre and intensifies the feeling of displacement.

Striking, realistic and colossal in size, Adrián Villar Rojas is an artist with a strong message. Clearly not an artist to be ignored, the art world will anxiously await his next piece.