I am pleased to have had a major role in the success of Turtles on the Town (TOTT), a 2015 community fundraising project in Naples, Florida.

Sea Dance, a life-sized aluminum loggerhead sea turtle sculpture by David L. Ashenbrener

I was granted permission to work with a wax armature used in a bronze sculpture by the late Kathy Spaulding, a local artist. I redesigned it for the representation in repouss√©, as you see above. It stands over 6′ tall and speaks volumes on the beauty of marine life, changing color in reflecting its ambient environment. 

Then, I had to design and fabricate a tooling mold of the original sculpture that would permit me to create fifty more duplicate copies of the sea turtle in fiberglass and engineer an anchoring system for each one that could withstand climate, children and safe access by the public – all performed on time and on budget by my company, Architectural Masters, LLC.

The fiberglass versions were then decorated by local artists and put on display throughout Naples and Collier County in Florida for 6 months. I donated the aluminum Sea Dance sculpture which was auctioned off along with the fifty replicas at the TOTT Gala event in March 2016 to benefit local charities. The organizations that the project benefitted include: The Community Foundation of Collier County, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and United Arts Council of Collier County.

David Ashenbrener, Sculptor at Whitesmith Studio working on turtle

My Donation to this charitable cause, the aforementioned aluminum loggerhead in the same likeness as the fifty fiberglass versions, manifested a considerably higher bidding frenzy. It felt great to be able to give back to the community.