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StudioKCA - Skyscraper (The Bruges Whale)

Near the statue of Jan Van Eyck, Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale) rises up from the Canal. Skyscraper is 5 tons of plastic waste pulled out of the ocean to create a 4 story tall whale: a powerful reminder of the 150,000,000 tons of plastic waste still swimming in our waters. Skyscraper is a physical example of why we need to change how we use and dispose of plastic in the world today.


The installation

Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale)

Near the statue of Jan Van Eyck, Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale) rises up from the Bruges canals. The gigantic sculpture is more than just a representation of a whale; the animal is made of waste, collected from the plastic soup that floats on the seas and oceans of the world. Working with volunteers from the Hawaii Wildlife Fund and the Surfrider Foundation, StudioKCA combed the beaches of Hawaii to gather up the waste. The installation was built out of those finds. StudioKCA seeks this way to draw attention to the universal problem of pollution that affects us all, and to make viewers aware that individual action is necessary.

Skyscraper (The Bruges Whale) Kickstarter Project

StudioKCA has started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Processing and transporting the waste on this scale is larger than expected. StudioKCA is still looking for $15,000 to complete the manufacturing of the steel and aluminium parts, to hire the cranes and tools, to transport everything to Bruges in time for the event and to assemble all 107 parts that Skyscraper consists of on location. Deposit your contribution to this project via the Kickstarter website and receive exclusive Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale) returns!




StudioKCA is an innovative architecture and design agency led by Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang, based in Brooklyn, New York. Their projects range in size and complexity from lighting and interiors to public facilities, sculptures and buildings in New York, Vermont, Nevada, Wisconsin, Brazil, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea.

Local dynamics are always the starting point for the conceptualization of objects and spaces paying attention to (recycled) materials. Their pavilions and public facilities have been installed, among others, at Governors Island and Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York and the Jockey Club in São Paulo, Brazil. StudioKCA has already received several prizes and awards, including an American National Architects Small Project Award, AIA New York City or Dreams Pavilion Winner, AIA Brooklyn + Queens Design Award Merit, SARA New York Chapter Design Award of Excellence, two Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards, three Best Interior Design Magazine Design Awards, two finalists for the Architizer A+Award and an honorable mention in the Best of Young Architects from the Architect’s Newspaper.

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