Cetus, Belly Of The Whale

A site-specific project for the Seven Bays of North Cornwall.

Including experimental documentation and artistic reflection behind the creation of Cetus.

Cetus, Belly Of The Whale is a tale of plastic, magic, the Atlantic, weaving worlds, apples and changing states.

Samhain Samhain,

Let the ritual begin.

We call our sacred sea ancestors to come in.

Samhain Samhain,

The tide is high the veils thin.

We honour all that has gone before as we pull the plastic in.

Samhain, Samhain,

All nature is our kin.

Our hearts reach cross the sea of time as the Great Wheel turns again.

The Belly Of The Whale

An experiment in Cornish Bladderwrack Bioplastic, 2021


The 31st of October is the beginning of Samhain and the start of winter, when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest.

On this date in 2020 artists Grace Emily Manning and Andrew Whittle traveled to Padstow in Cornwall to visit Beach Guardian and begin the weaving and enchantment of Cetus; an eight meter long sculture of a Humpback Whale woven with Ghost Gear,the most harmful form of marine debris, in workshops with local schools and the community.  

A large Public Sculpture to raise awareness of Ghost Gear, with waste collected from the Seven Bays, local beaches in North Cornwall by Beach Guardian CIC and their volunteers. 

Cetus, Belly Of The Whale untangles the problem of plastic pollution along the ancient British coastline of North Cornwall, exploring how landscape and humans can become interwoven through the magic of Art.

Finding Cetus both on land and written in the stars.

Animating a journey through The Belly Of The Whale, a mythical otherworld which is a metaphorical space of metamorphosis where ingestion and rebirth takes place, symbolic of the Artists' process.

Marine Biologist Emily Stevenson and her father Rob Stevenson, the founders of Beach Guardian, tell a local story about a global and cosmic environmental issue, describing the harmful effects Ghost Gear and Microplastics are having on our seas, marine life and all organisms including ourselves.

Together Beach Guardians and the Artists extract the political issues imbued in the plastic objects they collect; debris from industrial fishing vessels and other waste products symbolic of capitalism that are kept from haunting our waters by the collective power of a community that works together like the tide.