This pair of dueling octopus is struggling to rip open a footed aqua blue blown glass bubble. John heated the vessel's top opening to make it appear that the octopus' legs are pulling it apart. The color of this octopus pair is a speckled magenta.
It measures about 20" wide x 8" height x 7" deep.
The Octopus Tug-of-War sculpture is a combination of three separate pieces of glass, fused together with a 5,000 degree torch. This sculpture requires the assistance of two highly skilled glass artists to create. First, John sculpts each octopus and then puts it in a holding oven with the help of an assistant. Simultaneously, his other assistant is gathering the glass and blowing the vessel. John finishes the vessel, then takes the octopus out of the oven and reheats it to a precise temperature. The octopus gets so hot that the legs flop around, so he has to attach it to the vessel quickly, fusing each leg with a 5,000 degree torch.