Heavy Scale 1:1 Polar Bear skull in finest bronze - Ursus maritimus - Bronze
Indonesia - 21st century
This is a bronze statue of a genuine Polar Bear skull in true life size (1:1). This skull has been designed by Jake Richmond as part of the Sooka Collective. The sculpture is signed on the bottom. The Gorilla skull is part of Sooka’s ‘The Eternity of Remarkable Species’ collection where Sooka’s designers capture the astonishing beauty of endangered animals in a static state. Well aware of the direct impact of mankind on the environment they create respectful alternatives to the authentic vulnerable species, such as polar bears. Just as enchanting but less of an impact. The statue has been polished to turn golden.
These bronze sculptures are made from upcycled metals such as old pipelines. The craftsmen and women collect this scrap waste which they then put in an oven at very high temperatures. Once the scrap waste pieces melt, the new raw material is ready to be used. They then use this virgin material to make the bronze sculptures. As bronze is a very eco and labour-intensive material to mine, we feel it makes much more sense to reuse the material that has already been created than to extract it.
TRANSPARENCY & WHO MADE IT
Lastly, when it comes to our working conditions, they work exclusively with Indonesian craftsmen and women in both Bali and Java. This piece specifically was made in Java, Indonesia. All craftsmen and women get paid a living wage that exceeds what Indonesian Law requires. Their income is enough for a comfortable home, food, education, ceremonies, and more.