Alien 2




Alien #2 is a colony of 9 salps (Cyclosalpa affinis) in a super-duper cool ring shape – total diameter ~9cm. I’ve struggled to understand why this ring shape is advantageous – anyone? anyone? Perhaps it aids in locomotion? All salps asexually reproduce clones of themselves, and perhaps these will break apart soon or form the more familiar chain?  I’ve seen salp chains several meters long, containing hundreds and hundreds of individuals, but this ring shape looks more like a flower. Look closely right near the center, and you’ll see an amphipod who’s made this colony its floating home.  Months will go by without me finding a ring of attached salps, and then sometimes, I’ll find dozens on a single dive.  

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, and one of our design consultants will help you develop an amazing contemporary art installation that blurs the lines between natural beauty and scientific fascination.  Alien 2 is available up to a maximum size of 96″.