Hand-carved North American Basswood Sculpture-- "The Sea Fan"
Lot 1342
Hand-carved North American Basswood Sculpture-- "The Sea Fan"
US$ 3,500 - 4,500
£2,200 - 2,900

Lot Details
Hand-carved North American Basswood Sculpture-- "The Sea Fan"
Designed and fabricated by California artist Mark Doolittle
Carved by the artist from five pieces of a blonde-colored North American wood, Tilia americana, each nearly 4 inches thick and glued together to form a single block of wood. Extensive shaping of this initial block formed the "front" and "back" contours of the piece, although in reality this piece has no discernable front or back as each side is a mirror image of the other. Once the contours were achieved, detailed pierced carvings were used to create the illusion that the piece had "grown" to its shape—just as natural coral reefs arise from the coordinated growth of many thousands of individual coral polyps. To simulate the beautiful colors of shallow water reefs, wood dyes were applied to its outside edges by airbrush. Sea Fan is attached to a base of a naturally red colored African Padauk wood, (Pterocarpus soyauxii), containing an inlaid section of Arizona sandstone. The sculpture is fully three-dimensional and can be observed from a full 360°, presenting many interesting angles of observation, height 24 in.
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