Attempt to show scale. The artist is about 6 feet tall the angle bar [between hand and gator] is 2 feet long.
carved foam core.. There are many more images in "foam-carving" link below at lower left.
Statue is about 2 feet off ground but seems even larger to the artist after 16 hour days!
* Internal pipe frame: Pipe: 1-1/2 inch [aluminum schedule 40, sched. 80 below hip, thru legs and below feet to ground].
unwelded layout image.. Welded structure was modified a little.
1/2 in. stainless threaded rod, washers and nuts hold two turnbuckles that will each be attached to threaded rods through alligator's jaw into platform 4-6 inches!
big-wrestler-gator TOP model
big-wrestler-gator SUPPORT model
Structure support [estimated].
* Internal pipe frame: Pipe: 1-1/2 inch [aluminum schedule 40, schedule 80 below hip] .
* Additional sub-surface support: steel rebar with 1/2 inch stainless steel all-thread to all external connections. Sub-surface support will be coated and embedded into surface epoxy matrix.
Statue's overall length is 19 feet diagonally from wrestler's left heel to tip of alligators tail! Approximately 8 feet wide.
Center of [blue] 1+1/2 inch pipe schedule 80 (measures 1+7/8" outer diameter) measures 42 inches diagonally between feet and down into ground about 24 inches each. NOTE: does NOT enter into ground at a perfect 90 degrees.
1/2 inch stainless steel all-thread [green] extends 5 to 6 inches into ground in various areas for support.
big-wrestler-gator SUPPORT foot
big-wrestler-gator SUPPORT feet
Design layout of shirt pattern using Miccosukee colors scheme. Maybe a more khaki color to shirt?
Hope you all like it!
big-wrestler-gator paintbooth 22
big-wrestler-gator paintbooth 18
big-wrestler-gator SIDE model
3-D clay model of design concept. A rough maquette useful for approximate proportions prior to enlargement. [ scale is about 1 inch = 1 foot ]
Rough carved foam core.. The alligator measures over 16 feet down the center line! Clay model 1 inch to 1 foot scale is on the back.
big-wrestler-gator Carved 1993
big-wrestler-gator Carved 1992
big-wrestler-gator Carved 1986
Please note: the "big-wrestler-gator_Carved" images have no paint yet! All colors are just tinted epoxy resin...
big-wrestler-gator Carved 1985
big-wrestler-gator Carved 1983
big-wrestler-gator Carved 1981
big-wrestler-gator Carved 1979
big-wrestler-gator c 2036
big-wrestler-gator c 2023
big-wrestler-gator c 2021
big-wrestler-gator b 2016
big-wrestler-gator Carved 1975
big-wrestler-gator b 2011
big-wrestler-gator b 2004
big-wrestler-gator b 1999