56" wide x 44" tall x 11" deep
This metal crab sculpture is wall hanging and is handmade entirely out of stainless steel. It was commissioned for a gate in Hawaii. I received a photo from the client of the crab they wanted but they had no idea what type of crab it was. In order to do this incredible creature justice, I needed more reference photos and facts. I contacted a handful of marine biologists and a few got back to me and gave me everything I needed. It turns out it is a crab called charybdis obtusifrons and is found in Moorea and the IndoPacific. I would like to thank Dr. Megan Donahue from the University of Hawaii for her help and take a look at what she is currently working on. And I would like to thank Dr. Tom Wolcott and Dr. Donna Wolcott from North Carolina State University for their help. You can see some of their recent work in a PBS short.
It was a pleasure bringing this exquisite creature to life. A unique challenge to this sculpture was its jet black portions. Black is a color that doesn’t come easily to stainless. I decided to burn holes and back those holes with darker metal to create texture while achieving the closest thing I could to true black. And since that first crab I have redesigned it and have been thrilled to see a lot of interest in this piece from a lot of folks with the cancer zodiac sign! This sculpture is completely safe to be kept outdoors!