Stainless Steel tubing is bent and TIG welded to support Nautilus hull and Kraken
Nautilus hull mounted to a tubular stainless support system. The hull of the Nautilus s treated with a chemical that turns the rust, Iron Oxide, to Iron Phosphate which prevents further rust. It also gives the steel a nice streaky black color which adds to the sinister appearance to the Boat.
Beginning of "Kraken" outlined in mild steel welding rod.
The Kraken is based on the Giant Pacific Octopus, largest of all octopus species and a resident of the Puget Sound. The "Kraken" is covered with hammered copper sheet.
The "Kraken" now completely "skinned" with hammered copper sheet.
50 mm Glass Eyes from Van Dykes Taxidermy supply
Rebecca's brother, Jeff Baggett, stayed with me after Rebecca's passing. Jeff lived in Ketchum, ID for many years, working as a Master stone mason in Sun Valley. So when the time came, Jeff took over the Stucco work on the wave that supports the metal work. Here the Sculpture set in place with the first coat of coarse gray stucco.
I mixed and Jeff applied two additional coats of Stucco with color dyes mixed in to emulate the subdued colors of the waters of the Puget Sound.
Whidbey Island has a Naval Air Station, and Bremerton Naval Shipyards is just across the Sound. I have to remind my Navy friends that while the scene depicts the attack of a Submarine by Sea Monster; In the Jules Verne Novel, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", the Nautilus prevails and the Kraken is vanquished.
Final installation at the foot of Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, Whdbey Island, WA