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Very like a whale

Visitors to the Cutty Sark, which re-opened last week, expressed curiosity, and in one case anxiety for personal safety, about the decision to reveal the underside of the Victorian tea clipper by supporting it off the sides of its pseudo-dry dock setting

Grimshaw partner Chris Nash explained that the eureka moment in the design team’s decision-making process took place at London’s Natural History Museum, which features a life-size blue whale suspended from its ceiling.

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  • ...as a conservation work the intervention could be challenged by certain orthodoxy, however it looks like a celebration of the fortunate survival of a monumental piece and its re-insertion into the collective life. What conservation in architecture should be about, I think. I look forward to be around the big fish...

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