“Reflections” from the exhibition – Expressions of the ocean

November 11, 2015

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What an outstanding piece by Christian as we see him immerse 3 cuttle-bone dolphins into resin, to create a lifelike scene of dolphins swimming in the depths of the ocean. This piece is  custom framed in a rusted capping, top and bottom and then a hand painted back is inserted to compliment the light fitting, replicating the sun shining through the ocean waters. Although the dolphins in this piece are Bottle-nose, there may be something you may not know. In 2011 a species of Dolphin called “Burrunan Dolphin” distinguished by it’s size, was discovered.

Up to 150 of these dolphins have been fond in Victorian waters of the Gippsland lakes and Port Phillip bay. The Burrunan Dolphin is a rare species and lives in a mix of salt and fresh water, an unusual environment for dolphins. You may recall the reports of dolphins seen in the Yarra River back in 2011?  Although reports stated they were Bottle-nose, theywere in fact the Burrunan dolphin.
Another noticeable characteristic is their 3 toned colour of greys, making them enchanting. The name Burrunan is an Aboriginal name in the Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung and Taungurung languages, meaning  “large sea fish of the porpoise kind.”

Value $4000 on display at the Ranelagh Club in Mt Eliza

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