Five Little Wives
Dimensions: 35cmH x 30cmL x 6cmW
Our marine life is precious and here Alan has portrayed a shoal of Old Wives, reef fish synonymous with the south-west coastline. The artist has focussed on producing a group of fish suspended in animation, as they would be, along our beautiful coastline. Anyone going snorkelling at The Sanctuary, Yellingup is certain to see these Old Wives in their is natural habitat.
The bodies of the fish are carved from olive branches, pruned at Cape Mentelle Wines, Margaret River. The fins and tails are cut from an old oil drum. Every component has a story. The base is actually an offcut from another art project. The artists use of recycling components demonstrates his commitment to the environment and sustainability.
Care for sculpture
The steel and timber compliments are treated with a simple coating of linseed oil and turpentine in 50/50 mixture - lightly brushed on. This coating can be applied as regularly as every 6 months – this is recommended if the piece is outdoors and exposed to the elements. If indoors, the process can be repeated every few years. Any commercially available furniture oil, such as tung oil, can be used for this application. Penetrol is used for outdoor settings and offers higher levels of protection and should be applied every 6 months to 1 year.