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Archimboldo Redux July 31, 2012  |  By Jim McNutt

The 16th-Century artist, naturalist, and court savant to Habsburg emperors, Giuseppe Archimboldo, created artworks that remain striking for their originality and imaginative challenge. Among other things he is painted portraits in which the facial features are completely configured from animal or plant images.

Now sculptor Kent Ullberg, whose recent sculptural ventures involve features such as geese taking off from real-water ponds and bison merging and then re-emerging through the corners of solid buildings, has essayed a great tarpon standing on its tail. The figure of the tarpon itself, Archimboldo-like, materializes from the forms of dolphins, skates, turtles, seagulls, and other water-oriented life.

A new monumental version of this sculpture, pictured above and named Interdependency, has just been installed at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas.

A long-time friend of the National Museum of Wildlife Art and creator of its much-loved Waiting for Sockeye grizzly sculpture, Ullberg has always participated in the annual Western Visions Show and Sale, upcoming this year September 13-14.

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