Coral (Version #1) Wood sculpture in walnut - inspired by sea coral by Los Angeles sculptor Bruce Gray

This is a photo at the unveiling party for the new exotic luxury electric hybrid sportscar the Karma Revero which featured an exhibition of sculptures by Los Angeles sculptor Bruce Gray including this abstract modern sculpture "Coral" in carved walnut.

Here is the finished sculpture "Coral #1" (62 x 24 x 24) in walnut and stainless steel by sculptor Bruce Gray of Los Angeles. This sculpture is Gray's first in this series and was inspired by an actual piece of coral from his salt water aquarium. It gives the viewer a soothing relaxing feeling like being by a fountain or watching sea kelp dance in the current. It compells you to touch it and feel the smooth curves transitioning from one element to another. Coral #1 seems to feel like it is influenced by the female form almost as much as the coral. The pedestal is disk ground with a multi level ovals finish which gives it a holographic appearance. This sculpture including the pedestal is currently available for $12,000. The sculpture is bolted to the pedestal for stability. Weight of Coral sculpture: 86 pounds. Weight of pedestal 58 pounds. Total weight 144 pounds.

This is a photo at the unveiling party for the new exotic luxury electric hybrid sportscar the Karma Revero which featured an exhibition of sculptures by Los Angeles sculptor Bruce Gray including this abstract modern sculpture "Coral" in carved walnut.


Here is the finished sculpture "Coral #1" (62 x 24 x 24) in walnut and stainless steel by sculptor Bruce Gray of Los Angeles. This sculpture is Gray's first in this series and was inspired by an actual piece of coral from his salt water aquarium. It gives the viewer a soothing relaxing feeling like being by a fountain or watching sea kelp dance in the current. It compells you to touch it and feel the smooth curves transitioning from one element to another. The pedestal is disk ground with a multi level ovals finish which gives it a holographic appearance. This sculpture including the pedestal is currently available for $12,000. The sculpture is bolted to the pedestal for stability. Weight of Coral sculpture: 86 pounds. Weight of pedestal 58 pounds. Total weight 144 pounds. (created in 2010) www.brucegray.com Here is the finished sculpture "Coral #1" (62 x 24 x 24) in walnut and stainless steel by sculptor Bruce Gray of Los Angeles. This sculpture is Gray's first in this series and was inspired by an actual piece of coral from his salt water aquarium. It gives the viewer a soothing relaxing feeling like being by a fountain or watching sea kelp dance in the current. It compells you to touch it and feel the smooth curves transitioning from one element to another. Coral #1 seems to feel like it is influenced by the female form almost as much as the coral. The pedestal is disk ground with a multi level ovals finish which gives it a holographic appearance. This sculpture including the pedestal is currently available for $12,000. The sculpture is bolted to the pedestal for stability. Weight of Coral sculpture: 86 pounds. Weight of pedestal 58 pounds. Total weight 144 pounds. (created in 2010) www.brucegray.com
Here is the finished sculpture "Coral #1" (62 x 24 x 24) in walnut and stainless steel by sculptor Bruce Gray of Los Angeles. This sculpture is Gray's first in this series and was inspired by an actual piece of coral from his salt water aquarium. It gives the viewer a soothing relaxing feeling like being by a fountain or watching sea kelp dance in the current. It compells you to touch it and feel the smooth curves transitioning from one element to another. Coral #1 seems to feel like it is influenced by the female form almost as much as the coral. The pedestal is disk ground with a multi level ovals finish which gives it a holographic appearance. This sculpture including the pedestal is currently available for $12,000. The sculpture is bolted to the pedestal for stability. Weight of Coral sculpture: 86 pounds. Weight of pedestal 58 pounds. Total weight 144 pounds. (created in 2010) www.brucegray.com
This is a photo at the unveiling party for the new exotic luxury electric hybrid sportscar the Karma Revero which featured an exhibition of sculptures by Los Angeles sculptor Bruce Gray including this abstract sculpture "Coral" carved walnut sculpture.
This is a photo at the unveiling party for the new exotic luxury electric hybrid sportscar the Karma Revero which featured an exhibition of sculptures by Los Angeles sculptor Bruce Gray including this abstract modern sculpture "Coral" in carved walnut.

This piece of coral was the inspiration for my Coral Sculpture #1. I purchased the walnut, and had it planed so I could glue pieces together. Here is part of the gluing and clamping process. This is how the basic structure looked after everything was glued, and the clamps removed.

This piece of coral was the inspiration for my Coral Sculpture #1. This is in my salt water aquarium.

I purchased the walnut, and had it planed so I could glue pieces together. Here is part of the gluing and clamping process. Cost for wood and planing $700. This is how the basic structure looked after everything was glued, and the clamps removed. Each individual board is about 3 inches thick.
This is the sculpture after rough carving with a chainsaw. This is the sculpture at the end of day 1, after 10 hours of carving. This is the sculpture at the end of day 2, after 11 hours of carving, so 21 hours of carving so far.
This is the sculpture after rough carving with a chainsaw. The easy part. This is the Coral sculpture at the end of day 1, after 10 hours of carving. This is the sculpture at the end of day 2, after 11 hours of carving, so 21 hours of carving so far. It's starting to get nice and curvy.
This is the sculpture at the end of day 3, after 13 1/2 hours of carving, so 34 1/2 hours of carving so far. This is the sculpture at the end of day 4, after 10 1/4 hours of carving, so 44 3/4 hours of carving so far. This is the sculpture at the end of day 5, after the last 6 hours of carving, so 50 3/4 hours of carving and sanding. It is coated with 4 coats of tung oil, with fine steel wool polishing in between.
This is the sculpture at the end of day 3, after 13 1/2 hours
of carving, so 34 1/2 hours of carving so far. It's tricky to grind and sand in the spots connecting the 3 large trunks.
This is the Coral sculpture at the end of day 4, after 10 1/4 hours of carving, so 44 3/4 hours of carving
so far.
This is the Coral sculpture at the end of day 5, after the last 6 hours of carving, so 50 3/4 hours of carving and sanding. It is coated with 4 coats of tung oil, with fine steel wool polishing in between coats. (36" x 22" x 16") Created in 2010.
This is the pedestal in progress. First I have to roll the sheet of 26 x 74 sheet of 14g stainless steel through my roller. Here is the pedestal after being rolled and clamped for welding. Next I cut out the circles for the top and bottom with a plasma cutter. Here are the circles after being spot welded. Next comes the seam weld, and the grinding.
This is the pedestal in progress. First I have to roll the sheet of 26 x 74 sheet of 14g stainless steel through my roller. This took three rolls through to get to the right curve. It takes a good amount of effort to roll stainless this big on this roller. Here is the pedestal after being rolled and clamped for welding. Spot welds are done next before adding the top and bottom circles. The bottom circle has an opening so I can attach nuts to the 3 threaded rods sticking out of the bottom of
the sculpture.
Next I cut out the circles for the top and bottom with a plasma cutter. Here are the circles after being spot welded. Next comes the seam weld, and the edge grinding. Finally the disk ground finish as shown below. Stainless steel cost: $300.

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