Ammonite in Reclaimed Tin by Seventy Seven Seas
A lovely Ammonite fossil, made from recycled drinks cans. This piece shows a cut out of an ammonite, based on a Placentiseras Polyopsis ammonite from France, some of which have distinctive bumps along the outer edge of the shell.
It is 30 x 26 x 2 cm, or 12 x 10 x 0.8 inches. It is mounted on black board. The colour is predominantly a flat mid silver, warmed by a brown patina and darkened to enhance details with black paint and as a result of burning the metal.
The ammonite is constructed in sections from the aluminium salvaged from several drinks cans. Through a series of procedures that include first etching into the surface, then burning, painting and sanding, a patina is created on the surface. This, in combination with the over-lapping of the aluminium sections, creates a three-dimensional quality.
The piece is however, though sculptural in effect, predominantly two-dimensional. It is mounted onto black board with a loop at the back for wall hanging.
Wherever possible, to match the ethos of the work and its coming from materials that were once waste, recycled or re-purposed materials are often used to package it for shipping. But of course, no compromise is made on the safety of the piece in transit.