Why Make Big Sculptures? It Can Save a Train WOW

Regia Marinho
4 min readNov 2, 2020

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It can happen…in Spijkenisse, near the port city of Rotterdam on November 2, 2020.

Saved by the Whale’s Tail. So that literally happened.

Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale. ~Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

But someone being saved by a whale sculpture is not a fiction.

The whale’s tail of a sculpture caught the front carriage of a metro train as it rammed through the end of an elevated section of rails with the driver escaping injuries in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong).

Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong).

BIG LUCK

It happen near Rotterdam. The driver of a metro train escaped injury.

It was midnight when the front carriage went through the end of an elevated section of the rails. It was caught by a sculpture of a whale’s tail near the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

The train was left hanging on one of two tail fins known as “flukes” several yards above the ground.

Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong).

About 50 people were at the scene late Monday morning, engineers were working… to stabilize and then remove the train amid strong winds.

“A team of experts is investigating how we can make it safe and get it down” .

Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong).

“It’s tricky”

The authority said late Monday that a crane would attempt to lift the train off the whale Tuesday morning.

The beautiful sculpture was designed by architect Maarten Struijs.

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Regia Marinho

I write about ideas, technology, the future and inspire the world through art. Artist. Civil engineer. https://regiaart.com