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The Boats
The Boats
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The Boats by Blandine Anderson  
Unique stoneware sculpture
40 x 41 x 34cm 

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The Boats Inspired by the Lewis/Uist whale hunters – who hunted whales by driving them into stone corrals in the shallows, using many small boats. This is described in “The Western Islands of Scotland” and “A Late Voyage to St. Kilda” by Martin Martin, circa 1695. The form of the piece is a large Humpback Whale. Texture and colour details show the north coast of the Isle of Lewis on one side, while on the other a group of rigged whaling boats and small rowing boats, are in pursuit of the Whale. The piece does not celebrate such actions – which are abhorrent to our contemporary sensibilities - but it respects the men (and possibly women) of a different time, who risked their lives in this way in order to fulfil the needs of their families and communities.