Kelp Forest Studios

Bill  Hunt  -  Kelp Forest Studios are located in Depoe Bay, OR  -  Visitors by appointment only

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Fabricated Metal Sculpture by Bill Hunt

Most Fabricated metal sculpture done by commission only now.   Shown below  are fabricated pieces I have done in the past, and can still do today.  Look at the diversity and style in my work.

Sperm Whale 

Steel Welding Rod and Silicon Bronze, Welded and Braised using an Oxygen/Acyetelene torch.   60”  long;  1/12 scale.  Built in 1980 this sculpture is one of three whales commissioned by the Cabrillo Marine Museum in San Pedro, CA  very early in my career as an artist.   Designed to show the skeleton the inside of the living body outside;  in a sort of 3-D  scientific illustration,  (Long before CGI technology) suspended from the ceiling and viewed in the round.  My anatomy and proportions are accurate, based on measurements, photographs and line drawings of  a museum prepared skeleton.     The other two sculptures included a Northern Right Whale and a Blue Whale.  All were done to the same 1/12 scale  to show body types  and relative sizes of Rorquels, Balaenidae and the largest of the Toothed Whales.  An early exercise in comparative anatomy; These are still used as educational material by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

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Wood Bison

 A  Maquette;  prepared in 2007 by Hunt Wildlife Studios  for a possiible monumental  project.    Bison  is 10” high X 15” long.   An underlying Steel framework with hammered copper panels, a process called “Repousse” .  Silicon bronze fill and steel chain for texture on the shaggy  areas.    This would have been scaled up 12 times  resulting in a  fabricated metal sculpture standing 10 ft tall and 15 ft long.   

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"Brown Pelican in Flight"

Steel welding rod, copper sheet and silicone bronze.  All welded together with an Oxy/Acetylene torch.  The Pelican is life sized with a 7 foot wing span.  It is mounted on a stainless steel post (hidden behind wing) and balanced on this bottom heavy driftwood stump.    It can rotate 360 degrees around this heavy base.

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“Killer Whale”  -  Orcinus orca  

 

Steel Welding Rod and Silicon Bronze, Welded and Braised using an Oxygen/Acyetelene torch.  60”  long;  1/6 scale.  Built in 2012 for the new Science Building at Chemeketa Community College inSalem. OR.  Designed to show the skeletoal elements inside of the living body outside.  A sort of 3-D scientific illustration,  suspended from the high ceiling in the stairwell, and viewed in the round from manyangles.  My anatomy and proportions are accurate, based on actual measurements, photographs, linedrawings and computer scans of various museum prepared skeletons as well as living Orcas.   

 

 

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Giraffe & Acacia Tree
A fabricated Metal Sculpture built in 1987  -  The Giraffe is 18” tall, the Acacia tree is 24”.  Steel welding rod, clad in Copper sheet.  Small patches of Copper were braized over the steel framework with Nickel/Silver to create the  pattern on the body.  The foilage in the Acacia tree is also Copper sheet treated with Seawater to give it the green tones.  Mounted on a Redwood Burl base.
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Black Rhino  -  50" long,  Approximately 1:3 scale.  Hammered Copper over a steel framework 
Commissioned 2014
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