81 posts tagged Octopus
81 posts tagged Octopus
This gorgeous, tentacular object is an American chatelaine dating back to 1887. A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. They were worn by many housekeepers during the 19th century, with each
tentacle chain fastened to a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc.
3D modeler Sean Charlesworth designed, printed and built this tentacular Octopod Underwater Salvage Vehicle as his thesis project for a Masters of Science in Digital Imaging and Design at NYU. Inspired by the Nautilus from Disney’s 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Sean’s awesome mechanical octopus-shaped vehicle is beautifully detailed. It features LED lights and an assortment of other working features such as a functional door, hoist, latches, and opening floor panel.
"…the model was designed in CINEMA 4D Studio and different materials, types and colours were assigned to each part. The digital models were printed at the New York University Advance Media Studio on an Objet Connex500 3D Printer. The Objet Connex500 is Objet’s pioneering multi-material 3D printer featuring a large build tray size of 500 x 400 x 200mm and can print from a range of 107 different materials, with up to 14 different materials in a single part."
For an incredibly kawaii series entitled Invertebrate Sleep Habits, Japanese artist Hiné Mizushima (previously featured here) created this awesomely cute octet of needle felted sea creatures, each of which is tucked into an adorable little bed.
[via Laughing Squid]
This incredibly awesome Octopus Chandelier is the work of Mason Parker of Mason’s Creations. The tentacular stained glass light fixture measures approximately four feet across, sports eight detachable tentacles, and can be illuminated in three different ways - using just the head, just the tentacles, or by placing real candles in the candleholders held by each curled tentacle.
Mason recently sold this particular octopoid light fixture, but don’t worry, he’s planning to make another one soon. Let’s all start saving our pennies. The finished piece sells for $18,000, so perhaps we can work out some sort of time-sharing scheme.
Artists Amy L. Rawson and Brian East (previously featured here) have returned with an all new awesome and eldritch Santa Cthulhu creation. We’ve loved the previous incarnations, but this year they’ve outdone themselves my painstakingly crafting an 11” tall needle felted Santa Cthulhu who rides in a gorgeous Oct-Sleigh that’s pulled by the dreaded Shoggoth. Santa Cthulhu travels with a fishnet sack overflowing with writhing tentacular gifts.
Amy and Brian’s Needle Felted Santa Cthulhu with Shoggoth and Octi-Sleigh is a one-of-a-kind creation and is currently available to purchase via Amy’s Etsy shop.
Click here for more photos and details. Cthulhu fhtagn.
[via Amy L. Rawson]
This awesome sculpture, depicting a big bright orange octopus hoisting a tiny diver in one of her tentacles, was created by German sculptor Katharina Fritsch in 2010. We can’t decide if this lovely cephalopod has caught the diver getting up to no good and is about to dish out some punishment, or if she’s simply trying to give the diver a better view of something fantastic that they’re watching together.
Obvious Winner recently shared a few tentacular pieces of artwork by Singapore-based artist Keng Lye (previously featured here). You may recall that Keng creates these amazingly lifelike depictions of aquatic animals by gradually layering containers with acrylic paint and resin. The end result is a painting of a creature that looks like it’s about to wriggle out of its container and onto your lap.
Visit Keng Lye’s DeviantART gallery to view more of his awesome artwork.
[via Obvious Winner]
Multidisciplinary Belgian artist Olivier Senny, who goes by the name Olsen, created an awesome series of pieces that are part painting, part sculpture.
Entitled Les Evadés du Plakadre, this mischievous series depicts cartoonish characters who’ve manage to at least partially escape from the confines of their 2D canvases and interact with our 3D world.
Visit Olsen’s website to check out more of his playful artwork.
Here’s an awesome new addition for the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders: This incredibly wee cephalopod is a baby East Pacific Red Octopus - a very sneaky little baby, as it turns out - if it’s anything like the one discovered living in the Shale Reef exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You see, while he was found living there, he wasn’t born there:
"A baby red octopus is small enough to sleep on your fingernail. Which explains how one managed to sneak into the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a rock or sponge and stow away there for nearly a year, secretly snacking on the aquarium’s crabs, before being found.”
When he was finally discovered, it was by Security Officer Clara Nilsen, who was making her rounds when she spotted something strange on the floor. What she initially mistook for a banana peel turned out to be a healthy young red octopus. The once itty-bitty stowaway was now the size of a fist.
“We’d noticed that there weren’t as many crabs coming out at feeding time in that exhibit,” said Senior Aquarist Barbara Utter. “Now we realize that’s where they’d all been going—into the octopus’s tummy!”
So sneaky! Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium blog for the complete story.
This tentacular landscape is the work of Heri Irawan, an illustrator and concept artist based in Vienna, Austria. Entitled The Octopus World, it’s a fantastic depiction of an octopoid landmass whose inhabitants are connected to the surrounding world via its tentacles, both above and under the water. There are so many wonderful details in this piece. We love that some of the land-tentacles have volcanoes in place of suckers.