Horniman Walrus visit to Sagrada Familia Barcelona wins prize for photographers

By Culture24 Reporter | 18 September 2013

Two south London schoolgirls who took a dupe of the Horniman’s famous walrus to Barcelona have won a globetrotting competition inviting exotic photoshoots featuring the stuffed sea creature.

A photo of a small stuffed walrus appearing to look up at a crowd-circled cathedral
The Horniman Walrus surfaces in Spain© Josie and Maggie Horneff
Josie and Maggie Horneff took a toy version of the walrus, gifted to them by their aunt, Sara, to the Sagrada Familia cathedral in the Catalan capital. They then created a panoramic shot of 11 walruses at the Tarragona amphitheatre.

“It was great fun being with Wilba the Walrus in Spain,” said Josie.

“He loved Barcelona and the beach. His favourite ice cream was Oreo-flavoured.

“We really miss the walrus at the museum and can't wait for him to come home.”

A photo of a stuffed toy walrus on a water feature outside a cathedral
Alisa Owens, of Forest Hill, took this photo of a toy walrus in front of Belgrade’s Cathedral of Sava as part of a 3,500-mile motorbike tour of Europe© Alisa Owens
The real thing is currently on loan at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, leading to a competition which has seen toy walruses travel more than 35,000 miles, according to keepers at the Horniman.

“The wandering walruses have been snapped as far afield as Alaska and Guam, as well as enjoying plenty of staycations here in the UK,” says Adrian Murphy, of the museum, praising the “great fun photo”.

“We liked Josie and Maggie’s image because, like our own walrus, the Sagrada Familia is a graceful, soaring construction.”

Finalists included a “walrus in the mist” at a Somerset stone circle, a portrait taken at Belgrade Cathedral of Salva during a motorbike tour of Europe, an anonymous shot from a walrus’s meeting with Pacific Ocean islanders and a blog dedicated to the travelling Horace Walrus.

They will be united when the one-ton, over-stuffed original walrus returns to the Horniman tomorrow. Curators will move him onto an updated iceberg with new information panels before throwing a tea party.

More pictures:

A photo of a stuffed toy walrus outside a large red brick house
Kirsty Connell and Seumas Skinner documented the travels of Horace Walrus© Kirsty Connell / Seumas Skinner
A photo of cows standing by a rock on grass with a small stuffed toy walrus on it
Walrus in the Mist, taken at Stanton Drew Stone Circle in Somerset, united living and inanimate mammals© Lucya Starza
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