WISCASSET — A series of sterling silver animals, each hand made and fully articulated, will be on exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Trifles, 55 Main St., during the Wiscasset Art Walk. The Articulated Animals collection includes a gecko, praying mantis, frog, snake, shrimp, cicada and cricket.

According to sculptor and goldsmith Oleg Konstantinov, some creatures are more sculptural than others, and he finds insects particularly well suited to his detailed and articulated (having moving parts) creations. He credits his interest in Japanese art and the magnificence of nature as his primary inspirations, although his brother, a well-known entomologist with a specialty in beetles, was an early influence, according to a news release from Lucia Droby, an organizer of the Wiscasset Art Walk.

Konstantinov, who was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1989, has been creating these limited edition silver sculptures for 17 years. The prototype of each species is carved in wax to create a mold and then cast in sterling silver with hand assembling and finishing. Each creature has many moving parts because every joint moves. The gecko, measuring 3/4-inches high by 3 inches wide by 7.25 inches long, has 60 movable parts, and the shrimp, 2 inches high by 3/4 inches wide by 12 inches long, has 66 moveable parts; Konstantinov attaches each part by hand with a tiny pin.

Trifles owner Matthew Robinson has known the artist since purchasing one of his Articulated Animals, a gecko, 10 years ago. Robinson describes the pieces as “really cool toys” because everyone who comes to his home plays with his silver gecko. Robinson finds the articulated creatures so beguiling that he prefers to keep his on a tabletop rather than under glass. Konstantinov, on the other hand, “gets nervous when people touch them” because he knows how delicately they are put together.

Konstantinov’s Articulated Animals have been featured in art magazines, including Silver, and are in private collections around the world. In 2012, his work was exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show and was given the Silver Award.

This event will be the finals Wiscasset Art Walk of the 2017 season. Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available throughout the village.

Major sponsors for Wiscasset Art Walk 2017 are Donna and Frank Barnako, Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Carleton Real Estate, Carriage House Gardens, First National Bank, Red’s Eats, and The Maine Real Estate Network/Chris Almasi, broker. Additional sponsors are Cod Cove Inn, Fogg Art Restoration, and In the Clover.

For more information, email Lucia Droby at [email protected], call Violet Brandwein at 917-327-1449, or visit wiscassetartwalk.org .

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