Coelacanth Rockfish

The Coelacanth, (pronounced See-La-Canth), is one of the largest of the Rockfish Sculptures that I have made.  It is 62" long, 26" height, width 20" and weight of 160-180lb.  The central stone is a slab of surf-tumbled marine shale.  This stone was cast upon the shore during heavy surf.  The small holes that are in it come from boring marine clams.  This Rockfish is fabricated from 1/2" steel plate.  It has paired, lobed-fins like the actual fish.

This sculpture represents a type of fish that was believed to have been extinct for 70 million years.  In 1938 a single specimen was recovered near Madagascar.  This led to considerable excitement in the academic community.  This family of fishes had been thought to have evolved into tetrapod amphibians.  The Coelacanth was considered a living fossil, almost a missing link.  It is a large, yet very rare species, living in the cold deep sea.  How this creature could have survived is one of the mysteries of our planet.

Most of my sculptural work is based upon drawings I make.  The rendering of the piece often leads to considerable research. The Coelacanth Rockfish Sculpture is no exception.

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