This haunting 'drowning girl' statue is petrifying passersby

A haunting face looks up out of the water of the Nervión River in the Spanish city of Bilbao. Her eyes seem to carry a look of terror but also of resignation. The effect becomes even more unnerving as the waterline creeps up over the face when the tide rises, creating the impression that the girl is drowning.

It looks so real that a distracted passerby might reach for their phone to call for the emergency services. But the face is a 120kg fibreglass sculpture – part of a campaign that aims to highlight the dangers of climate change (sculptures can be a great source of inspiration for designers, see our guide to the best online art galleries for more).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.