• Digital model for clay model
  • Putting clay on the armature for the overlifesize figure
  • Referring to pictures of the digital model while sculpting
  • Sculpting clay model on platform
  • Finished clay model
  • Applying liquid rubber to the original clay model
  • Removing the silicone mold from the original clay model
  • Casting the sculpture using marine grade urethane foam which expands rapidly in the mold
  • Removing sections of the mold to reveal the foam cast
  • The figures needed work after casting which is why each looks a little different
  • Buoyancy testing in the Atlantic
  • Painting the sculptures with lobster buoy paint from Maine
  • Some of the many design drafts for the tethering system
  • Working out the lay out of the sculptures in real space using templates
  • Complex knots hold the tethering system together
  • A community of family and friends helped us along the way, like Mainers Uncle Bob and his friend Stan
  • Removing installation from truck after our two day journey to Grand Rapids
  • Assembling the rig in Ah-Nab-Awen Park...
  • And in the water
  • Pulling Safety Orange Swimmers to anchor point in the Grand River