Whale Tales 2021

Wild in Art is delighted to be working with WWF-New Zealand and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to create Whale Tales – our second event in Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland’s streets, parks, and open spaces will be adorned with 70 individually designed, beautifully created whale tail sculptures for 10 weeks in February 2021.

​Whale Tales​ is an opportunity for New Zealand’s artists, businesses, schools, community groups, and individuals to collaborate on a marine-themed public art installation, coinciding with the 36th America’s Cup, to capture the hearts of visitors and residents alike while also generating awareness and action for our ocean’s health.

Inspired by Hauraki Gulf resident- the Bryde’s Whale, these sculptures will each tell the tale of marine conservation, particularly of the magically diverse Hauraki Gulf. Bryde’s Whale are found in the coastal waters around the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana/Te Moana Nui a Toi. In New Zealand, Bryde’s Whale are endangered with only an estimated 140-250 remaining. They feed and rest close to the surface, making them vulnerable to ship strikes, noise pollution, reductions in habitat, climate change, unsustainable fishing practices, and other human activities in the ocean.

Once the trail closes, the sculptures will be auctioned and the proceeds will go towards WWF-New Zealand’s vital work to protect and restore the mauri (life force) of our ocean.

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Trail: February 2021
Partners: WWF-New Zealand and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)
Event website:
whaletales2021.org