Balena Project


  • Bone clay, vinegar
  • cm 35 x 35 x 30 each
  • Execution by Emilio Romano
  • Installation views at Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan (2008);
  • Ikon Gallery/Mail Box, Birmingham UK (2008);
  • UniCredit Bank, Piazza Cordusio, Milan (2009)
  • Photo: Photo A. Guidetti & G. Ricci,
  • F. Whipps, F. Torboli

The cerebral mass of the largest of the fin whales can be up to about seven times that of a human. A very complex organ that is anatomically structured to emphasize humor, emotional self-control and abstract thought. Little to nothing is known about the thought capacity of these animals. They emit sounds at a very low frequency that can travel for hundreds of kilometers.