Alien 8 is a Ctenophore of the genus Ocyropsis (classification unsure). ~10cm diameter
Ctenophores, or comb jellies, are highly abundant throughout all oceans, arctic and tropical. They’re harmless to humans, but a swimming death trap if you’re a <1mm amphipod ambling through the water. From the side, they’re beautiful spherical-looking balls of goo with cilia lining their bodies in rows that pulsate with patterns that are often mistaken for bioluminescence, nut it’s actually refracted and reflective light from my underwater flashes. I chose this “top down” perspective (which is subjective, because a comb jelly doesn’t have a regular orientation in the water column) to show its spacecraft shape which is only apparent from this angle – like a cross between the Enterprise, and a Tie Fighter. While comb jellies are quite common, getting this symmetrical top-down angle took me quite a bit of effort, as they’re constantly in motion and any movement from my body or bubbles cause a pressure wave that change it’s shape.
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 8 is available up to a maximum size of 54″.