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Carcharhinus Louganis (Greg the Shark)

Troy Fryfogle's avatar Troy Fryfogle

Blood and butcher blocks, art and technology... 1988 was the year Olympic diver Greg Louganis hit his head on the springboard and bled into the pool, that same year I began my career as a butcher. The red ring caused by a blood droplet hitting water is detached from the rest of an Olympic symbol that's floating away forming the number eighty eight. The original sketches of the shark and diver were done in 1992, but in this work the shark is the diver mirrored and both images are CNC carved into lithophanes from one of the actual butcher blocks that I've spent the past ten plus years cutting meat on. The dual image shark and diver lithophanes are each illuminated by its own 50" 4K Ultra High Definition TV and the entire work is subtly animated by programmable LED strip lights that reflect off the inner aluminum and outline the frame. The Olympic rings are cut sign vinyl positioned above the high definition LCD background image and on the same plane as the lithophanes.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic, LEDs, aluminum
  • Width: 60 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 60 inches