Giant Animatronic Jenny Lind

Giant Animatronic Jenny Lind

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Asheville, North Carolina

Jenny Lind, "the Swedish Nightingale," was a 19th century opera singer and early U.S. media sensation -- so famous in the USA that a New England clipper ship was named "Nightingale" and given a Jenny Lind figurehead for its prow. The Nightingale had a brief, ignominious career as Slave Ship, and that inspired Asheville artist Mel Chin to oversee construction of a full-size replica of the wooden figurehead in 2017-18, which he titled "When Will We Wake."

Jenny is 60 feet long, 34 feet wide, and 24 feet tall, and has arms that move and a neck that pivots -- although it's unclear how long she'll be able to do so out in the weather. In his artist's statement, Chen said that the artwork "evokes the hull of a shipwreck crossed with the skeletal remains of a marine mammal" and that it's meant to make visitors think about "displacement."

Giant Animatronic Jenny Lind

44 Collier Ave., Asheville, NC
On the south side of the city, one block west of US-25/Southside Ave., at the corner of Collier and Millard Aves.
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