Lifting the Tay Whale in waterfront Place

Here are a few photos of lifting the Tay Whale in Waterfront Place.

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Lee Simmons designed the whale after winning a design competition in 2020. Working with Littlehampton Welding they spent five months making it with help from Angle Ring Company who bent over 2,000 metres of marine-grade tubular stainless steel. The whale is 36 metres long, weighs 22 tonnes and has over 2,500 separate parts. Transporting  the whale to Dundee and installing wasn’t a simple process as shown in the photos below.

Lee Simmons designed the whale after winning a design competition in 2020. Working with Littlehampton Welding they spent five months making it with help from Angle Ring Company who bent over 2,000 metres of marine-grade tubular stainless steel. The whale is 36 metres long, weighs 22 tonnes and has over 2,500 separate parts. Transporting  the whale to Dundee and installing wasn’t a simple process as shown in the photos below.

Site visit 1: Monday 18th of October around 7 AM

Waterfront Place viewed early on Monday 18th of October. You can see the three supporting pillars.

The view from the Tay Road Bridge with the crane waiting in the yard.

A closer look of the telescopic crane: a Liebherr LTM1650-8.1.

The side road between the V&A and Waterfront Place was closed and barriers were put up around Waterfront Place.

Site visit 2: Tuesday 19th of October 1 PM - 2.30 PM

The completed artwork was lifted onto a barge, and on Thursday 14th of October at 8 PM tug, DMS Condor of Jenkins Marine Ltd. started on its epic voyage from the south coast of England to Dundee. Around 80 hours later, on Monday 18th of October, the tug and barge reached the mouth of the Tay estuary. On the afternoon high tide, they arrived at the Port of Dundee.

On Tuesday 19th of October, the tug and barge left the Port of Dundee and passed under the Tay Road Bridge. On the afternoon high tide, they approached the quayside at Waterfront Place.

There were barriers and crowds of people, so not easy to get a good photograph as this was the closest viewpoint to the big lift.

A view from the barrier the slings and the front of the crane are visible.

The crane and the whale still on its barge.

For a crane of this size, the counterweights need to be transported on two trucks.

The view from beside the urban beach, this spot gives a view of the crane’s turn and the whale’s flight.

Workers on the barge start to attach the slings.

Look out for a worker’s head poking out of the whale nearest the sling on the right.

Just before 2 PM, the whale was lifted from the barge and it started to rain.

The illuminated museum reflected in the River Tay on a calm night. This 150-second exposure also captured the lights of a train crossing the Tay Rail Bridge in the background.

Look out for a drone getting a great view.

The crane swings round, the whale is at its highest point.

Showing the top of the crane and the elaborate arrangement of slings, spreaders and pendants.

Job done, DMS Condor and its barge can start their long voyage home.

The whale is lowered to the street.

Tay Whale Waterfront Place Dundee

At 2.25 PM, the first big lift is over. Now the metal supports need to be removed. The whale lifted again, swung 180 degrees and attached to its supports. In its final position, the head will be facing the River Tay.

Tay Whale Waterfront Place Dundee

The view that evening, the temporary supports have been removed from under the whale. The whale is in position with support from the crane, as workers attach the whale to its three supports.

Tay Whale Waterfront Place Dundee

The view from the Tay Road Bridge showing the tremendous height of the crane.

Tay Whale Waterfront Place Dundee

The whale viewed from behind with the tail closest to the camera.

Tay Whale Waterfront Place Dundee

The whale and the urban beach

Tay Whale Waterfront Place Dundee

The Tay Whale and the fountains at Waterfront Place.

Tay Whale Waterfront Place Dundee

A closer view from the Tay Road Bridge.

The whale reflected with the fountains. The barriers came down two months later.

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The moon and the whale.

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