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New Work, Summer '06
This collection of terra cotta forms is based upon actual fish found in many parts of our planet.  The forms interest me because they reflect both symmetry and asymmetry and because they are hydrodynamic.  The fish form is designed to travel gracefully through the water like a sailboat hull.  There is a great symplicity and economy of form, yet there is subtlety and complexity.  And, in the marine world there is endless variety of form.  The pieces are intentionally left unglazed in order to feature the terra cotta clay.  All of the photographs in this album show the sculptures in an indoor, "virtical" orientation.  However,  they are primarily intended for display out of doors in a garden setting. Alternatively, they may be mounted on an exterior wall and are designed to accomodate this installation. They may be left outside throughout all seasons.
All works are for sale.  The prices for each sculpture are listed.  There is a 20% crating and shipping surcharge to any address in the continental U.S.  Please call Marvin Bjurlin at 716-679-0200 to make arrangements.
Date(s): July 3, 2006. Album by Marvin Bjurlin. Photos by Marvin Bjurlin. 1 - 133 of 133 Total. 41765 Visits.
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A school of fish

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Large Mouth Bass
22” x 14.5” x 7”
Except for humans, the adult Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) are the the top predators in the aquatic ecosystem.  This important game fish is to be found throughout most parts of the United States.
$690
SOLD
Cuba, New York


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River Hatchetfish
14.5” x 13” x 8”
The River hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus sternicla) is a surface feeder thought to consume plant material as well as insects.  This Amazonian fish has well-developed muscles to support enlarged pectoral fins used for flying above the water to escape predators.
$495
Sold
Ashville, NC


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Shortfin Mako
19” x 15” x 8.5”
The Shortfin Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) is the highest leaping and most dangerous gamefish in the world.  Found in tropical and temperate waters throuought the world it grows to up to 13’ in length
$585
NFS. This piece was used as a first place trophy for the US Shark Championship, August 2006, Dunkirk Yacht Club, Dunkirk, New York


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Trophy for the US Shark Championship
The terra cotta fish form was mounted as a trophy by Ed Will of the DYC

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Oxeye
17” x 13” x 8.5”
The Oxeye (Megalops cyprinoids), common in the Indo-West Pacific is able to breath atmospheric air and is often seen gulping air at the water’s surface.  It grows to up to 5’ in length.
$495
Sold
Geneseo, NY


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Bonefish
16.5” x 9” x 8”
The Bonefish (Albula vulpes) is a worldwide costal species that frequents river mouths and hangs out in intertidal areas such as mangrove forests. They are characterized by a protruding conical snout which is used for digging.
$495
SOLD
Houston, Texas


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Peacock Cichlid
15” x 14” x 7”
The Peacock cichlid (cichla ocellaris) is a large cichlid that feeds exclusively on other fish.  The native range of this fish is Malawi.
$390
SOLD
Toronto, Ontario


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Muskellunge Head
Head: 2.3.5 x 15 x 6.5
The Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) is a large aggressive North American species that preys on birds, mammals, reptiles and also other fishes.  This sculpture was built in two parts with the intention that it “swim” through an indoor wall or an outdoors post.
$1250
SOLD
Chautauqua, New York


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Muskellunge Tail
Tail: 26.5 x 15 x 5.5

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Three quarter view

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Striped Bass
26 x 18 x 9.5 (fish form only)
The Striped bass (Morone Saxatilis) is a large-mouthed predator with several black stripes along its side.  The mature fish can reach up to 5’ in length and weigh up to 100 lbs.
This terra cotta interpretation is designed to hold a tray to be used as a birdbath.
$920
SOLD
Yorba Linda, California


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Striped Bass
Assembled as a birdbath

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Chinese Swordfish
37.5 “ x 15” x 8.5”
The Chinese swordfish (Psephurus gladius) is currently on a conservation watch. It is China’s largest freshwater fish, growing to up to 10 feet in length.
$920


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Inscription

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Pectoral fin

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Eye and mouth

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Belly

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Bull Shark
24” x 14” x 13”
The Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is one of the few shark species that can enter fresh water.  They have been found as far as 2,600 miles up the Amazon River.
$830


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Inscription

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Snout

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Mouth detail

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Underbelly

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Arawana
19.5” x 12.5” x 9.5”
The Arawana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum) is unique in that it has a bony tooth-like tongue.  It is considered the most primitive member of the teleosts.
$690


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Inscription

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Gills

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Eye and mouth

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Underbelly

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Chinese Suckerfish
19” x 23.5” x 8”
The Chinese sucker (Myxocyprinus asiaticus) is native to the Yangtze River basin.  This species common name refers to its thickened lips which are used to suck up food from the sediments around river rocks and plants.  In some fish the dorsal fin can be almost as tall as the body is long.
$690


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Inscription

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Eye and mouth

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Detail of eye

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Dorsal fin detail

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Emperor Angelfish
15.5” x 18” x 10”
The Emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) is typically found in the Indo-Pacific and the Red Sea.  It grows to up to 16” in length.
$585


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Inscription

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Underbelly

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Eye and mouth

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Inscription

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Eye and mouth

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Gills

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Underbelly showing fins

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Inscription

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Detail above fin

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Eye and mouth

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Top view

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Detail showing Bjurlin Logo

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Inscription

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Eye and mouth

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Underbelly

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Top view

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Inscription

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Gills

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Eye

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Mouth

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Underbelly

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Spotted Pike Charicin
22” x 7.5” x 4
The Spotted pike-characin (Boulengerella maculta) are sometimes refered to as the freshwater barracuda.  Their needle like snouts and elongated bodies are adapted for predation on other types of fish.
$495


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Inscription

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Eye

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Snout

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Capelin
18.5” x7.5” x 9”
The Capelin (Mallotus villosus) are widespread in the oceons of the northern hemisphere. This small fish, part of the smelt family grows to about 8” in length.
$495


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Inscription

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Detail with fins and Bjurlin Logo

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Underbelly

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Eye

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Inscription

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Eye

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Underbelly

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Double Bar Bream
13” x 13” x 7.5”
The Doublebar bream (Acanthopagrus bifasciatus) is found in sand and rubble areas near reefs in the Red Sea.  It grows up to 19” in length.
$390


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Inscription

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Mouth and cheek

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Top view

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Redtail Surgeonfish
10.5” x 13.5” x 8”
The Redtail surgeonfish (Acanthurus achillies) is named for the sharp spines they have on the caudal penducle.  This Pacific oceon reef-associated fish grows to 9” in length.
$275
SOLD
Springfield, Ohio


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inscription

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Pectoral fin

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Mouth and eye

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Underbelly

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Top view

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Indo Pacific Tarpoon
12” x 8” x 5”
The Tarpoon (Magalops atlanticus) is capable of breathing air into a lung-like bladder. Growing to over 7’ in length it is considered a spectacular game fish.
$275


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Inscription

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Eye

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Top view

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Pectoral fins and Bjurlin Logo

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Pectoral fins and Bjurlin Logo

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Brown Trout
23.5 x 11 x 6.5
The Brown trout (Salmo trutta fario) is a freshwater form of the sea trout.  This fish is highly valued by sport fishermen.  It is capable of growing to up to 4.5’ in length.  
$830


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Detail of head

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Pectoral fin

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Inscription

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Underbelly

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Brown Trout

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Front view

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Sockeye Salmon
22 x 15 x 8
The Sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) spend very little time in the fresh water.  They migrate to the sea shortly after birth where they live for 18 months.  They then return to their place of birth to spawn and die.
$830


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Detail of head

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Top of head

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Sockeye Salmon

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California Smoothtongue
18.5 x 9 x 6.5
(Bathylagus stilbius)
$495


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Top view

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Side view of head

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California Smoothtongue

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Pufferfish
13.5 x 14.5 x 8
The Indo-Pacific pufferfish is highly poisonous. Tetrodotoxin is found concentrated in the liver, ovaries and gut is a powerful nerve poison that is stronger then cyanide.
$495


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Underbelly

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Top view

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Pufferfish

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Pufferfish

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Inscription

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Slickhead
18 x 12 x 6.5
Growing to 23” in length the California Slickhead fish (Alepocephalus tenebrosus) congregate in large schools at the ocean bottom.
$495


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Underbelly

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Slickhead

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Slickhead

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Sharpchin Flyingfish
19 x 9.5 x 6
The Sharpchin (Fodiator acutus) is capable of gliding over water on its large wing-like fins for over 165’.  They “fly” in order to avoid predators.
$495


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Detail of head

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Bottom of Head

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Top view

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Sharpchin Flyingfish

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Sharpchin Flyingfish

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Atlantic Spadefish
14 x 20 x 9
The Atlantic Spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber) is a favorite of deep-sea sport fishermen because of its size of up to almost 3’.  
$495


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Underbelly

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Three quarter view

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Atlantic Spadefish

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Atlantic Spadefish

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Blue Discus
13 x 17.5 x 7
The larvae of the Blue Discus (sympysodon aequifasciatus) feed on mucus that the parents secrete on their skin.  It has become the most popular freshwater aquarium fish.
$390


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Blue Discus

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Blue Discus

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Reticulate Loach
14 x 8.5 x 6
The Reticulate loach (Botia lohachata) is a small tropical, Asian freshwater species.  It is a nocturnal bottom feeder that when threatened will bury the entire front end of its body in the sediment.


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Underbelly

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Detail of beard

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Detail of eye

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Reticulate Loach

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Reticulate Loach

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YARD GOODS
Terra cotta Yard Goods is a new business name for sculpture desgned for your garden.

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Fish Man
Kids at Chautauqua called this form the scuba diver.

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This is not a fish!
44 x 24 x 22
This large terra cotta garden sculpture titled "Modonna of the Garden"  is a purely invented chicken wearing a bikini modestly hidden behind the flowers.  
$1300


 
   
 
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