It is called Hope and it is 25 meters long. Suspended in the air, with the head lowered and the jaw open, the bones of this giant mammal impact all who enter the museum.
The truth is that already in the oceans, the beauty, size and presence of these whales is inescapable and now we can see one of the largest, the blue whale, exhibited at the Natural History Museum in London.
The skeleton of the Blue Whale replaced the one of the diplodocus dinosaur, Dippy, which had been on display in the museum since 1979 and will now begin a tour of the United Kingdom. The new mammal bones are from 1892, and were originally exhibited in the year 1934, installed as a part of renovation at the Museum of South Kensington. They are suspended in the air, in a position with the head lowered and the jaw open. These bones welcome visitors and their inauguration happened last week. Among the guests were the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
“This is a historic moment for the museum and for millions of people from all over the world who visit us. The transformation of Hintze Hall represents a new era for us as a Natural History Museum”, said Michael Dixon, the museum’s director, quoted by The Telegraph. He added that placing Hope in the center of the museum, precisely in the midst of living and extinct species, “is a powerful reminder of the fragility of life and the responsibility we have for the Planet”.
By the year 2015, the skeleton was hanging next to another whale in the gallery of mammals, but it did not allow such a clear vision. Richard Sabin, the museum’s whale specialist, speaks of the species as “incredibly mysterious and complex at behavioral level”. Now, in this new space, Hope can display its 25 meters in length and the four tons of bones. “It is impossible not to be hit by the scale of this beautiful creature that dives in our direction when we enter the museum”, said Richard Sabian.
In this video posted on Youtube, the Natural History Museum reveals that the team worked for about three years to prepare for the moment.