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Bluegill Mixed Media Wall Sculpture

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Bluegill Mixed Media Wall Sculpture

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Description

An original bluegill wall sculpture constructed from hand-cut tin and other rescued materials on wood backing. Ready to hang on wall with wire on back. Requests for custom fish welcome. View all fishing-related artwork.

  • Title: Trophy Fish Collection: Bluegill
  • Medium: salvaged metal and rescued materials on wood with metal edging
  • Size: Female 11.25" H x 19.25" W x 1.25" D | Male 14" H x 21" W x 1.25" D
  • Hardware: ready to hang with wire on back
  • Part of a limited series each produced with a unique set of rescued materials

The Process

This spunky little fellow is the result of combining scraps of many disparate items into one intriguing little being. Ingredients for this custom fish include:
  • +Folding mason’s ruler acquired scavenging in a neglected brickyard
  • +Large nut as eye removed from John Deere plow
  • +White beer can found in the lining of a vintage US Navy steamer trunk
  • +Mountain Ranger 1942 token
  • +Russian book cover
  • +Large upholstery tack pried from an easy chair
  • +Green yardstick from abandoned corner store
I go about my travels on the hunt for the reclaimable, the surprising and the delightful. I have encountered many a bluegill on my exploits into the wilderness to fish: they are captivating and I thought quite worthy of reinterpreting in a found medium. I carefully hand-cut each piece of salvaged material and place over a wooden form to create the fish's unique shape. Details like the fins are accomplished with precise tin snipping, then everything is assembled on wood and reinforced to retain its shape. This bluegill represents a combined 100+ years of materials' age, combining the old and the new(er), all found, to celebrate America's fauna.