Modernity’s Candle and the Ways of the Pathless Deep explores relationships between the global whaling industry and the transformation of night in 18th-century Europe: tracing connections between the manufacture and international trade of candles, voyaging and exploration in the Pacific Ocean, Britain’s colonial projects, and emerging intellectual society.

An installation comprised of a research hub and temporary museum was commissioned by the Wellcome Collection for the re-launch of the Collection building in Euston in Spring 2015.

Image: Humpback Whale at Stellwagen Bank, Daniel Baker 2015