They started out as a different method to support the humpback whale but they rapidly evolved into their own right.
Finished the first one today after weeks of development and construction.
I am looking forward to making more of these wondrous creatures.
This sculpture sold through Gallery Pacific to a local client.
Edition Two. The swimming octopus uncurls and sashays from the studio to take her place on Gallery Pacific's display shelves.
She is depicted as free swimming and relishing her environment.
Mounted on Totara and has the support shaft wrapped in loose rusty barbed wire
A particular favourite, this sculpture sold through Gallery Pacific to a local client.
December 2017. The original mould.
The first octopus I designed and cast although he is the third to be completed. I took moulds off this one and refined it into the second version above and below. He is bulkier with thicker tentacles.
This is the only cast from the mould.
December 2018. Sold by Gallery Pacific, he now lives in Canada.
Edition Three. Curling around her perch, she watches for a unwary creature to swim by. Gallery Pacific was again the host to one of my favourite bronzes.
Sold by Gallery Pacific almost a year to the day from the first one and less than a month on display and now residing in Florida.
Edition Four. The second swimming octopus. A change in cleaning style and patina has resulted in a finer integrated finish. I used the free flowing style for her arms that emphasise the freedom of movement these wondrous creatures enjoy.
Again mounted on the top of a old totara post and accessorised with rusty barbed wire, she waits to see what country she is destined for.
September 2019. Sent to a client in Geneva by Gallery Pacific.
A new style. Mounted on the beautiful Cowrie shell, individually textured, a octopus with a bit of attitude.
Cowries' supplied by Peter Poortman.
Edition five of the swimming octopus series. Although she is grasping the stone, her fluidity suggests she's hovering and waiting for something to ease out from under the stone..dinner.
Mounted on beautiful Poenamu [NZ jade] and accessorised with barbed wire.
Current production as at:
7 May 2020
Single cast from original mould
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