The Day Octopus - Entry#2

Day Octopus

A sculpture of a Day Octopus (Octopus cyanea), sitting on a rock, searching it for food while carefully examining its surroundings (More info down below)

The base body is carved out of PU, followed by a rough layer of air-hardening clay. The detailed outer layer is made of Apoxy sculpt. For the painting I used airbrush (acrylics) and pastels.

Did you know? The day octopus changes its patterns 1000 times in 7 hours, which is more than two changes per minute!


Over the last few years had the opportunity to sculpt some very impressive reef creatures for a diorama that will portray a pacific coral reef in the Natural History Museum Senckenberg in Frankfurt, Germany.

With every model I make for this specific project I try to not only build an ambassador for its particular species but also to show an individual with its own personality, and even beauty and charm (especially the giant moray eel, that I really learned to love like a cute old granny by working on it).

Studying these sea creatures with all their gestures, facial expressions and unbelievable colors and patterns left me in respect, affection and wonder.

Here is my attempt to do it justice.

Fotos: S.Traenkner/Senckenberg
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