Our design was inspired by pieces of scrimshaw seen in the McManus Galleries. Scrimshaw was the art of engraving designs onto the teeth of sperm whales, baleen or bone from marine animals. It was a common pastime on long whaling voyages. Common motifs that whalers chose to decorate their scrimshaw related to their life at sea, aspects of their work, ships, coastal scenes and sea creatures. Part of our design references the RRS Discovery built in Dundee and launched in 1901. A major feature of Dundee’s rich heritage which now nestles alongside Kengo Kuma’s exquisitely designed and newly docked V&A.
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