In Moby-Dick the chapter is called “The Town-Ho’s Story,” and the story is of an encounter with the white whale. In Stella’s piece the ship is heeling over, and from the side it looks like it’s taken a hit. Jammed into the honeycomb aluminum side is what looks like a normal Moby Dick work, composed of the usual Chinese lattice and a bent and folded wave/whale shape. This configuration seems to push through the
wall, bulging into the “hold” of the ship and compressing the contents. Stella’s sculpture is violently dramatic—nothing static about this pile of metal.