If you went to the Sanibel Shell Festival last month, chances are you might have run into Oscar the Octopus.
Oscar the Octupus is the two-foot tall, 82-pound creation of Diane Segger, of Segger Studios in nearby Punta Gorda.
Oscar was created from more than 10,000 shells gathered personally by Diane. Most of the shells were found on Manasota Key and Gasparilla Island in the winter of 2015, although the pen shells, driftwood and oyster shells were found in previous years.
It took Diane more than two years to conceptualize just how to structure such a creature, then more than 400 hours to complete it.
To learn more about Diane and her unique artwork inspired by nature, click here!