The sea creature tables by Kirk McGuire look incredibly realistic. As though a marine version of typical taxidermy, squid, octopus and other fishy characters have been posed to hold up glass tabletops. Granted, this is much more practical than the more common (and creepy) art form.
Carved out of bronze, the sea creature tables satisfy the artist's lifelong curiosity for nature and wildlife. Based in San Francisco, California, McGuire is not only known for his level of detail, but also for making heavy stationary object's appear light as air. This is due in large part to an intense focus on movement. The sculptures that make up the sea create tables could easily be mistaken for the real deal if glanced at quickly. Although some may find that terrifying.
Artist Kirk McGuire Creates Sculptural Furniture
1. Realistic Sculptural Furniture - Opportunity for artists to create furniture pieces that resemble lifelike animals, providing a unique and visually striking design aesthetic.
2. Functional Taxidermy - The combination of art and functionality allows for the creation of practical and eye-catching furniture pieces inspired by taxidermy techniques.
3. Lightweight Heavy Objects - Innovations in sculpture and material technology can enable the creation of heavy-looking furniture that appears light and airy, challenging perceptions of weight and materiality.
1. Furniture Design - Furniture designers can explore new artistic approaches by incorporating realistic animal sculptures into their creations, offering unique and captivating pieces.
2. Art and Sculpture - Artists working in sculpture can experiment with combining functionality and artistic expression, bridging the gap between traditional art forms and practical design.
3. Material Science and Technology - Developments in materials and manufacturing processes can contribute to the creation of furniture that defies expectations, appearing heavy or solid while actually being lightweight and dynamic.