The Great Greenwich Whale

20 - 23 June 2013
Presented by Captain Boomer

The Great Greenwich Whale

Event information:

Type: Installation

12pm - 8pm

Family friendly: Yes


Whale in Greenwich!

"A vast shadow seemed to lurk beneath the surface and then gently it sloped downwards and the river returned to its natural skin tone. The shadow was large and was grey and was no fish and no piece of wood. To me it was a whale." Read more...

By Lemn Sissay GDIF writer in residence

On the eve of GDIF2013, 20th of June, something amazing happened! A 17m sperm whale beached close to Cutty Sark Gardens!!

This super-real, art installation is the work of the Belgian arts collective Captain Boomer, created in collaboration with Zephyr Wildlife Reconstruction. The sculpture will be moved to the Old Royal Naval College from Friday 21 June where GDIF audiences will be able to see it as part of our Greenwich Fair programme.

This beaching is a reminder that the sea is always a presence in Greenwich. The event will be chronicled by GDIF writer in residence Lemn Sissay.

Lemn Sissay
GDIF writer in residence

Lemn was the official poet of the 2012 Olympics and in 2010 received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature.

He has been working with Royal Borough of Greenwich Libraries to create a “backstory” to the beaching and the installation, drawing on Greenwich’s rich literary and historic association with the sea and will perform this at 5.55pm on Saturday 22 June and at 6pm on Sunday 23 June at the Old Royal Naval College, in celebration of the “Great Greenwich Whale”.

Follow Lemn’s explorations in Greenwich on our Festival blog and on
Twitter: #GreenwichWhale #gdif2013

Commisioned by:
Royal Borough of Greenwich, GLL and GDIF.

Access infomation:

Getting there:
By train: Greenwich
By DLR: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
By bus: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386
By car: Public car parking off Park Row, Burney Street & Cutty Sark Gardens
By Thames Clippers: Greenwich Pier

For disabled parking in Greenwich click here.
Accessible toilets on site, at Cutty Sark Gardens and at Discover Greenwich.


Tickets/Booking: FREE

Location & Map:

King Charles Lawn, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10