I started by building an armature, which I slowly covered with clay. Layer by layer, the form emerged and gained life, its tentacles twisting and grasping at the air. The organic and flowing structure creates a sense of movement and dimensionality. Hidden throughout the suctions on the tentacles are smiley faces, a humorous and engaging way to connect with the viewer and highlight the curious nature of the octopus itself. After a few months the piece was cast in bronze and patinaed black. By articulating the beauty and complexity of the octopus I hope to illustrate the importance of preserving ocean ecosystems.