Robert Lagasse, ASMA“Close Encounters”Honduras mahogany, 17”H x 19”W x 17” D
Bottlenose dolphins are found throughout the waters of the world. They are remarkably adaptable to life in the oceans. Although they are sometimes part of larger gatherings of dolphins, this relationship is usually of shorter duration. In small groups they commonly remain together for long periods of time. They display many forms of social behavior, including rubbing against each other and leaping out of the water simultaneously. The artist has had experiences with dolphins in the water, both in captivity and in the wild. Those experiences supplied the inspiration for this piece. This sculpture, carved from Honduras mahogany, depicts three dolphins together in a close encounter.