Evolution of a Platypus The block. 375 pounds of Mongolian Imperial Black marble. A clay maquette is pictured with the stone.
The first blocking-out pass.
The second blocking-out pass.
The roughing-in phase. I make several passes roughing in the forms.
The refining phase. I make several passes refining the forms.
End of carving. From here, the sculpture was filed and sanded by hand. The stone that the platypus is swimming through was left raw. The Stylized plant/DNA strand was sanded to 1500 grit. The platypus was sanded to 2000 grit and then sanded and polished to 10,000 grit with black rouge.
Nature's Paradox The finished sculpture, done as a private commission.
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Ellen Woodbury c/o
826 S. Buckeye Drive Loveland, Colorado
USA 80537 Tel: 970-669-0627