Alien 14 – arrow squid (Doryteuthis plei) ~15cm long
On some nights while drifting through the blackness, I find no squid at all. On other nights, the squid can be so thick that they are constantly smacking into me, likely attracted to my lights, or perhaps just wanting to use my body as shelter. But it can be a bit unnerving and annoying when dozens or even hundreds of these guys are constantly smacking into me at full speed. Sometimes after they smash into me, they’ll get freaked and ink themselves. This ink is designed to visually distract a would-be predator, as well as disrupt some predators’ sense of smell and other chemical receptors. But to my camera, the ink lays the background of this Alien soaring through a nebula. And to be honest, sometimes when things smack into me while I’m in the blackness……I ink myself too.
The same species arrow squid is also featured in Alien #21 – the “kissy squid”.
For printing, we offer the Aliens as squares on either aluminum or canvas, but they are customizable into other shapes if your design plan requires it. You can purchase this luxury wall art online in standard sizes, but if you’d like to discuss a custom crop or size, please contact one of our design consultants at the art gallery. Perhaps our most popular arrangement for Aliens is a grouping of three of our 15″ x 15″ aluminums, but I encourage you to discuss the size & shape of your project’s wall with one of our design consultants, who will help you develop an amazing contemporary art installation that blurs the lines between natural beauty and scientific fascination. Alien 14 is available up to a maximum size of 72″.