“I was particularly excited to be commissioned to sculpt this mantelpiece-sized octopus! The original was made for a gentleman seeking something a special anniversary gift for his wife. The octopus was an animal that could be found in the two places they loved, in the USA and in Scotland. That first piece was made to incorporate a little cave inside the rock, into which his wife might place a small piece of jewellery, like a hidden treasure.

The documentary film ‘My Octopus Teacher’ had just come out, and so my research was extra fascinating, as I learnt more about the super intelligence of these fascinating creatures. Sculpturally, it was also a significant challenge, as the eight delivate tentacles of my Octopus on Rock statue needed to be robust enough to withstand the casting process. Tentacles were entwined to help with this, and the rock leant additional strength and also helps elevate the Octopus, allowing his tentacles to fall around him in lovely, natural shapes. Detailing the suction cups in the little gaps was an interesting challenge, but it felt wonderful to see the clients anniversary octopus finally come together in time for his special occasion!”

This bronze Octopus on Rock bears Tanya’s signature and unique edition number. Your casting of the Octopus on Rock sculpture will be personally approved and will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

10% of the proceeds from this bronze wildlife sculpture support the David Shepherd Wildlife Trust animal charity.

FREE DELIVERY to the United Kingdom.

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Dimensions & Sizing

Ideal size for tabletops and mantelpieces

Metric –   H: 19 W: 16 D: 16 centimetres

Imperial –   H: 7 W: 6 D: 6 inches

(Height / Width / Depth)


Foundry Bronze Edition:  Open

Bronze Resin Edition:  Open

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Which Material to Choose

Bronze Resin – bronze metal powder is mixed with a resin to create the appearance of foundry bronze metal, but is more affordable and lightweight.

Foundry Bronze  – refers to the poured molten metal that is cast solid or hollow, depending on size, at a bronze foundry (using the traditional lost wax process). It is more robust and will appreciate in value.

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Sculpture Description, Bases & Fixings

This bronze Octopus on Rock bears Tanya’s signature and unique edition number. Your casting of the Octopus on Rock sculpture will be personally approved and will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

This cute octopus statue is sculpted by artist Tanya Russell, who is well known for her life-like wildlife and animal sculptures. Tanya has a passion for improving the welfare of the animals she sculpts and 10% of all proceeds from the Octopus on Rock statue will go to the ‘David Shepherd Wildlife Trust’, a charity that fights for greater legal protection of endangered species.

The Octopus on Rock is an open edition sculpture, and your piece will be a superb recreation of the original bronze sculpture from a mould.

If you would like this statue to be mounted on a stone or wooden base, please contact me for a quote.

How The Sculpture Was Made

When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life. I also use many photos – often hundreds – showing the animal (and other animals of the breed or species). This helps me sculpt their anatomical features. I study the way that hair, fur or skin lies over their muscles or alters their shape, and their different poses and attitudes.

The Octopus on Rock sculpture was modelled in wax, over a steel and aluminium armature for support. After the Octopus on Rock statue was finished a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process.

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Delivery & Returns

Delivery costs are calculated once you add a sculpture to your bag. Contact us for other delivery options like collection or express delivery for bulky sculptures.

International delivery is available.

If you are an international buyer, you may need to pay local customs duties or taxes when importing a sculpture into your country. This most often applies to more valuable sculptures. Your local customs and taxes are not prepaid for you. If you contact us we can try to estimate them for you.

Sculpture that is broken in transit to you may be returned, and a replacement sculpture will be sent to you, at no further cost. If no replacement is available, we will cast a new one for you, or offer you a refund.

Client Testimonials

“My wife loves it! ”

Ben, (Commissioner)

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Maintenance & Security

Take a look at our information pages for detailed guidance on:

Maintaining your sculpture – how to clean your bronze octopus statue 

Commission a bespoke wildlife sculpture

Commission A Bespoke Wildlife Sculpture

If you would like to commission a made-to-order wildlife sculpture, first of all I recommend looking at the information about bespoke sculptures on my commissions page. In particular, this should help guide you on sizing and possibly pricing.

Afterwards, please contact me about your idea.