Instead of buying a red rose, Luelan Bodden is giving his wife a very special Valentines gift – a giant pink rose made from the insides of conch shells.
Itâ€™s the 20th conch sculpture that Mr. Bodden, 43, an electrician by day and artist by night, has made over the past two years. Other recent conch wonders include a huge wolfâ€™s head, the idea of which came to him in a dream, he says, and a special (pink) Blue Marlin.
â€śIt took me five days to make it, and three days of sketching it, trying to figure out how to make it,â€ť he said.
â€śIâ€™m fascinated with the different shades of pinks. It kind of reminds me of romance,â€ť he added.
â€śI use an electric grinder with a diamond blade on it.
â€śWe men have to try to do more for our girlfriends or wives. We have to make more effort producing in the gifts than them- they receive.
â€śThis is my way of showing my wife that I appreciate her – to show her I can actually build her a flower without buying one,â€ť he said.
Mr Bodden, who has been making unique works of art ever since being inspired by an Art@Governors show, has plans for an upcoming project:
â€śMy goal is to see if I can collect some money off these conch shell pieces by selling them because I have a controversial piece to do – based on technology.
â€śIts about a spider and the web thatâ€™s taken over the world with technology. We humans, specially young people are consumed with technology, and young people have stopped communicating withâ€¨each other.
â€śIts going to be a web, made out of coconut mesh, thatâ€™s covering the whole world, with a spider over America, and a snake over Africa, and the spider bites the snakes head off and wears the crown.â€ť