Is that re­ally a whale be­neath Notre Dame?

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TRAVEL -

A sperm whale ap­pears to have beached on an em­bank­ment in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathe­dral in Paris. Or maybe not. A Bel­gian artists’ col­lec­tive in­stalled a very real-look­ing, life­size whale sculp­ture last Fri­day along­side the Seine River, elic­it­ing sur­prise and con­cern from tourists and Parisians alike. Bart Van Peel, a mem­ber of the col­lec­tive, said the in­stal­la­tion is about rais­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and awak­en­ing “the child in every­one who still is puz­zled about what is real and what is not.”

Kim Land­man from New York was among those taken aback, es­pe­cially af­ter Van Peel spun a tale de­scrib­ing how the whale got stuck un­der a city bridge.

Parisian Charles Jean was im­me­di­ately skep­ti­cal, ask­ing whether the whale had climbed onto the quay with a lad­der.

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