Tragically, from 1905 to 1965 whales were hunted to near extinction at South Georgia. Thankfully, they are now slowly returning to the island’s waters. We want to tell this remarkable story of recovery to inspire people around the world that there’s always opportunity for environmental turnaround. South Georgia is the most powerful evidence to help bring change to other under pressure ecosystems.
To reach and engage people worldwide we’re going to install a monumental artwork in the heart of Grytviken Whaling Station. Commensalis: The Spirit Tables of South Georgia will commemorate the loss and celebrate the recovery of whales at South Georgia, changing the narrative from whaling to whales – creating a beacon of hope for everyone who cares about nature and supporting vital research to protect the future of whales in the Southern Ocean.
Why you should become a sponsor
- Support a unique artwork that will shine a brighter light on South Georgia as a modern rarity - an ecosystem in recovery and beacon of hope for conservation activities worldwide
- Commensalis: The Spirit Tables of South Georgia will inspire the world by telling the whale's tale at South Georgia and showing that ecological recovery always possible. Nature heals if given the chance.
- This artwork will fund vital whale research ensuring whales continue to safely return to the island's waters.
As a sponsor, you will become a part of South Georgia’s extraordinary, ongoing story of recovery. You’ll help inspire millions of people around the world and ensure whale research is funded into the future to help whales return to the Southern Ocean.
Sponsorship will see you become a part of the art too. Quite literally, as we allocate you your very own rivet(s) that hold the Spirit Tables together. You’ll therefore have a permanent presence at South Georgia as Commensalis stands on show for the next century. Your sponsorship will be a legacy felt and witnessed by millions visiting the artwork and many more interacting from afar online. We hope you will permit us to make your sponsorship public so others can be inspired by your support of and dedication to South Georgia and the natural world.
Why 33, 90 and 199?
£33 to sponsor a small rivet because the returning humpback whales' beautiful and complex songs last up to 33 minutes - we're so thankful to hear these melodies again in the bays of South Georgia.
£90 for a medium rivet because the fin whale has an average lifespan of 90 years – to see these long living giants returning to the island after being the most persecuted species during the whaling era is incredibly inspiring..
£199 to support a large rivet because the world’s largest whale, the blue whale, can weigh up to a staggering 199 tons – that’s equivalent to 398 Grand Pianos!
*Why not set up a Direct Debit and sponsor 12 small rivets over the next 12 months for £396? Click here to do so. And let us know if you want to gift this sponsorship to one person or several. 396 by the way relates to the blue whale, because they can have up to 396 baleen plates in their mouths to filter their food.
We can't do this without you. Join us now.
Sponsor a rivet, light a beacon of hope,
support South Georgia and its whales.