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Bursting through a verdigris porthole, this octopus arm is sure to please young and old alike.
The construction is as follows:
A wooden support structure is built. To this, styrofoam is added and carved into the basic tentacle shape. It is then closely covered in aluminum wire mesh.
In the meantime, newsprint is boiled, then whipped into a mush. The mush is allowed to dry over a period of several days, then it is ground into a fine powder. This is combined with sawdust, glue, starch, linseed oil and a bit of bleach and applied to the mesh by it pushing into the mesh to form a very solid base coat. After this coat dries, it is refined with rasps, and a finer mixture of pulped tissue paper,glue and gypsum is applied and allowed to dry. This makes a very nice finish coat. After it dries, the whole piece is sanded and further refined. Each sucker is built in a 3 stage process over a period of several days.
Once the piece is thoroughly dry, it is painted in many thin layers with an airbrush. The depth of the color is further enhanced by a finish coating of highly glossy shellac.
The end product is both lightweight and quite durable.
The porthole is made of plywood and medium density fiberboard, coated with copper paint and chemically patinated to it's lovely blue green hue.
The porthole is 14 3/4"(38cm) in diameter.
The tentacle reaches 31"(79cm) into the room.
I have added a couple of photos showing how the Wall Tentacle might look in your gracious home, specifically if you graciously live in the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum.