artists have summoned the motivating means of a fascinating muse
and to Del Mar artist George Foster his inspirational goddess
has been the ocean and her enduring breath of enchanting beauty.
Created from an array of copper, mica, paper
and glass Foster's "sea life" sculptures are coined
These symbols express his artistic self as
much as his dedicated conservationist side, which is why a portion
of each Sealight sale is donated to the Birch
Aquarium at Scripps.
These contributions help to continue the needed research into
the preservation of the ocean's balance.
His light sculpture begin from a simple sheet of copper. Under
the night sky of San Diego, the panel of copper is placed into
scorching flames (within a shoreline fire ring) until it begins
to glow. Then it is cooled by submerging it into cold water for
a few quick seconds.
Originally a sturdy object, the copper is now pliable and ready
to be hammered into shape the shell of the Sealight. Before a
Sealight is fully developed it goes through four metamorphic stages
beginning with the application of paper or mica for the fins,
creating and inserting the glass eyes, painting or applying solutions
for the finish and then adding the light bulbs and electrical
Finally a brief description is attached to
the back of each fish, which includes biographical information
and whether or not it is endangered.
Whether you enjoy fishing, sailing, snorkeling, surfing or ocean
gazing these lights will take you under the surf and into the
vast world full of extraordinary vitality.
The lovely lady that Foster refers to as the
ocean holds magnificent creatures and it is Foster's calling to
replicate that life for all to enjoy.
A Sealight provides radiance at night, casts
distinctive patinas as it ages and magically does its part to
bring the wonder of the ocean into your heart.