Octopus Statue Aesthetics and alternatives

For my project I have mostly focused on how I will create the octopus body. I want to create something to use as a decorative lamp for a bedside table. I have a few ideas after working on basic outlines for the tentacles I have decided to use card board and slice the shape. Below is an example of a tentacle I’ve made to test out how it will work and look.

For the alternatives I want to create a glowing lamp octopus. However this requires arduino and I don’t know how to do that. In case the hour exchange does not pan out how I’d like I can make the tentacles spin around the body to add in a dynamic part to the sculpture.

The aesthetics that have been in my head while thinking of this have been in my mind are wood sculptures and the ocean. These two don’t seem to mesh together. Below are sketches that describe how I would use each aesthetic separately but I ultimately would like to bring these two together, there is an article attached about a wood sculpture of an octopus that I used for aesthetic inspiration.

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  • Hailee Pritchard
    March 4, 2020 6:47 pm

    Hey Kaiya, I think this is such a cool idea and has such great potential! Have you thought about maybe using something other than wood to create the octopus legs? It might be easier to incorporate an ocean aesthetic with a different material, or redefine your aesthetic to show the purpose of the animal (cartoon characters, disney, etc). Good luck, I’m excited to see how this turns out!

  • Sarthak Bal
    March 1, 2020 8:15 pm

    Hey Kaiya,
    I really like the whole idea of having a fancy bedside lamp. I would love to see how working with cardboard is going to merge together the body and the slices for the 3D effect. You can also consider working with plastics as they are easy to deform and convert into the desired shape. Also, considering wiring for the lighting, plastics would give a better look as compared to cardboard. I would love to see the final product and definitely would love to have one of these next to my bed.


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