aldabra tortoise and coco de mer


Height 25.5cm (10 in)
bronze on a black granite base 17.5 x 27.5cm (6.8 x 10.8 in)

The patina can be varied as shown.

Edition of twelve.

The Aldabra and Galapagos Tortoises are the only remaining species of the giant tortoise. 250 years ago there were at least 20 species and subspecies in islands of the Indian Ocean and 14 or 15 subspecies in the Galapagos Islands. Due to pillage by buccaneers in the 16th and 17th centuries the Aldabra Giant Tortoise is the only species that exists in the wild today on the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. It is one of the largest tortoise species weighing up to 150 kg and can live to over 200 years. The Coco de Mer is the largest seed or nut in the world and is produced by the rare coco de mer palm, endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse of the Seychelles. Therefore this sculpture, a quarter life size, shows 2 very special protected giant species found only in the Seychelles.

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