Orca Pod, 2006
• rainforest marble and glass
• 64” H x 9” W x 9” D (163cm H x 23cm W x 23cm D)
• private collection, Kelowna BC, Canada
This sculpture of a pod of orca killer whales was a commissioned project for sculptor Michael Binkley. Binkley created “Ansia” for his patrons, Chris and Jill and after delivering the female nude sculpture, they asked Binkley to create another original fine art sculpture for their home. The piece was to represent the couple and their three children and had to fit into a niche above the family room fireplace.
Binkley proposed a family of a pod of orca whales in a composition that has undulating lines to carry the viewer’s eye from one end of the sculpture to the other. Chris and Jill loved the concept and Binkley carved an adult bull male and female cow orca and three calves, each in a slightly different pose and arranged them at different heights on a glass base. The glass has special napped edges to emulate splashing water and gives the illusion of the whales swimming suspended in the ocean.
Binkley used rainforest marble as the sculpture medium, as it is quarried on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. The artist, the image, the medium and the patrons are all from the west coast of Canada and these elements were important to Chris and Jill for the context of the art work and its meaning to them.