W 8.0ft x H 12.0ft
2.43m x 3.65m
Holland America Line – MS Statendam – MS Veendam – MS Ryndam
The smile of a Bottlenose Dolphin is hard for anyone to resist!
Each dolphin sculpture represents one dolphin in one sequential action
This sculpture has been installed on three of the Holland America ships, but the patina has been changed in each casting.
This sculpture of dolphins can also have a silver nitrate patina
There are many stages to reach the final bronze sculpture – some of these stages are shown bellow!
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Bottlenose Dolphins were my first love during my years based in Miami – I spent many hours researching them, studying their movements, both in captivity and by swimming with the Bottlenose dolphins in the Atlantic ocean.
Greg Bossart was at the time head of the training program in the Seaquarium, and I was allowed to go behind the scenes and even interact closely with the Orca, [‘killer wale’ is a misleading name for this creature] She would allow me to place my hand inside her mouth and rub her tongue, she liked the sensation. The public is barred from all similar activity these days due to high insurance risks, so those memories are precious days.
These are the four basic stages from the model to the life-size installation.
Swimming with dolphins in the ocean
Keys was one of the perks of research that I fully indulged. Swimming with dolphins in the open seas required me to become a mermaid for a day, they would suddenly dive with me leaving this land mammal rushing up to the surface to gasp for air… they would then return to laugh at me! They seemed to love it as much as it thrilled me, I think they enjoyed seeing me sharing their sense of humor, and most animals do have a sense of humor, it only varies in the way they express it.