Octopus – Titanium - 2021

Titanium, Signed Hamish Mackie, Numbered Edition of 50, Dated 2021
2,000 Inc. VAT
15cm long x 7cm high x 9cm wide / 6" x 2.5" x 3.5"
Sculptures can be shipped world wide at cost, no VAT payable on exports outside the EU.

The octopus is an enigmatic, complex creature and highly adaptable. It can regrow lost arms and change its colour to match its surroundings. People have been fascinated by the octopus for millennia. The ancient Greeks decorated coffins, pottery and ritual ornaments with octopus motifs.

Octopus are known for being extremely intelligent. Scientific studies have proved they are capable of sophisticated learning and problem solving skills. Two thirds of their five hundred million neurons are in their arms, which means they can not only touch but also taste and smell with their tentacles.

Hamish created this sculpture for a client as a wedding anniversary present to go in a private house. This sculpture has also been installed on yachts where it also works particularly well.

The Octopus - Titanium 2021 is available in titanium grey or heat anodised blues and purples.

Hamish has also made a larger sculpture Octopus - Bronze 2021.

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THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING

Hamish patinating octopus sculpture
Hamish sculpting octopus
Hamish making octopus sculpture

In 2021, I sculpted a large octopus for a client. These amazingly intelligent creatures were the subject of a 2020 documentary film My Octopus Teacher. Sadly, swimming in tropical waters was out of the question mid lock down, so I worked from a frozen octopus from a fishmonger. It has many hundred suckers which took a while to sculpt over an armature which I could lock in any position to enable 360’ sculpting. I 3D scanned the original plastercine sculpture to produce a small titanium version to be laser sintered with all the incredible detail scaled down. This was really embracing technology usually used in formula one racing and aerospace!