Status: In a Private Collection Up (Please contact me to make a similar piece.)
Saved from the ultimate demise of the melting pot, and happy to have its new purpose in life, the “Blessed Bonito” is hammer-formed from environmentally friendly, reclaimed stainless-steel materials and beautifully colored by heat. The “Blessed Bonito” was created for the Art-Drive‘s 2015 “Bodacious Bonito” fundraising campaign, where Art-Drive members are each tasked with making a Bonito in their medium. The Bonitos are displayed in the local area before the Art-Drive, and then auctioned off as part of a fundraising campaign in the days leading up to, and after, the drive.
The Bodacious Bonitos debuted July 27, 2015 at the Westport Rivers Winery’s Friday evening concert and following their debut, they were displayed at various locations in Dartmouth and Westport, MA until the Art-Drive open studio tour August 8th and 9th. The “Blessed Bonito” on display at Dedee Shattuck Gallery until it was auctioned off to help benefit children’s programs at the Lloyd Center for the Environment and the Art-Drive’s artists.
Blessed Bonito is hand-formed from reclaimed T-304 16 Gauge stainless steel, reclaimed 1/8″ T-304 stainless steel rods. The piece was welded together using the Tungsten Inert Gas (T.I.G.) welding process and the color was obtained by oxidizing the stainless with heat. It measures about 30″ in height, 4″ in depth and 47″ in width
Similar fish can be made and personalized with many effects, to include more details, different materials, different stances and other adornments that you might want to make it special.
“Blessed Bonito” and similar wall hangings are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
© 2015 – Kirt Rebello