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Exhibit: Commensalis – The Spirit Tables of South Georgia

9 February - 29 March, 2023

February to 29th of March

High Mill space.

Installation supported by South Georgia Heritage Trust.


About Commensalis

Scottish sculptor from Angus Michael Visocchi is the author of the work called ‘Commensalis – the Spirit Tables of South Georgia’. This piece will be situated at Verdant Works High Mill until the end of March, thanks to South Georgia Heritage Trust. Michael’s concept drawing inspiration from several sources, tells the island’s powerful story of an eco-system in recovery.


The Spirit Tables

A scale model of the artist commission proposed for the former whaling station site at Grytviken in South Georgia. The artwork tells a powerful story of an ecosystem in recovery. Six spirit tables represent each species of whale impacted by the whaling industry of South Georgia. 

Blue Whale Spirit Table, Fin Whale Spirit Table, Southern Right Whale Spirit Table, Sei Whale Spirit Table, Sperm Whale Spirit Table and Humpback Whale Spirit Table.

These Spirit Tables are punctuated by stainless steel button head rivets in various patterns, each rivet implying a live whale or the spirit of a live whale. The Spirit Tables, therefore, carry the spirit of each whale species persecuted in Antarctic waters during the years of the whaling industry.

Read more about Michael Visocchi.


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