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Jurassic Ocean Sculpture

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Published: September 23, 2019
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This is a sculpture I did for a contest my local science museum is hosting. The theme is Mysteries of the Deep and it is in conjunction with a big exhibit on oceans and ocean life they will be having in October. Since I dig prehistoric creatures I decided to do a Jurassic style take on ocean life. This features a Plesiosaurus, a Coelacanth, Ammonites and plants, rocks and coral. I would have liked to pack this with more coral and plants etc. and if there'd been more time, something like a icthyosaur or small mosasaur type creature, but the deadline was today and this was all I could manage in about 3 weeks or so. I will hear if I got in on Oct. 2.

The creatures are all made from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paint. The plesiosaurus is 11 inches long, the coelacanth is about 5 inches and the largest ammonite is about 2 inches. They are roughly in scale with each other but the plants and coral are kinda generic so not meant to represent anything specific or in scale to anything, really are artistic filler. I thought about buying a bag of small pebbles to put on the base but what I saw at the store were too big and way too big a bag, so I ended up rolling up random balls and ovals of sculpey and pressing some crumpled foil on to them to give them a texture.

The base is made from styrofoam blocks and packing peanuts I covered in plaster strips and then painted to have a rock texture/color.

I might take some individual close up pics and upload them later.

•edit: I updated the sculpture with some additional elements, added some fish, coral and rocks. Check out the updated version here:

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CobraFreek's avatar

This is soooo cool! I LOVE it! Reminds me of the leviathan found in Job 40:1-34! Very well done!!

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Thank you! :)

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OhWellWellNew Deviant

Totally love it. Piece of ancient world... great job!

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Thank you! :)

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mantisngo2468Professional Photographer

Beautiful!

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Thank you! :)

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FloridanPhotographerHobbyist Photographer
Absolutely beautiful.
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FloridanPhotographerHobbyist Photographer
The plesiosaur is so oddly cute.
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MariaTAlfonsoProfessional General Artist

Is so cuteeeee

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Elperdido1965Hobbyist Digital Artist

thats beautyfull :)

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Mindslave24-7Hobbyist General Artist
Cool.
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Mindslave24-7Hobbyist General Artist
Eventually I'll get back to sculpting...and get that good.
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That looks wonderful. I love how vibrant your critters are and the sea plants and the shading on the rocks.

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Thank you! :)

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Marvelous. Beautiful work! :)

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david-dent-jedaiHobbyist Traditional Artist

In RL Caelocanths are actually not blue last time I checked but pretty.

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