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Eastern Repousse Turtle Doors for Superyacht’s Media Screen

Copper, wood, and aluminum 61″ tall x 82″ wide x 3″ deep when closed

These commissioned, Eastern repousse panels were forged in the technique of Eastern repoussé and wrapped around wood and aluminum frames to create sliding pocket doors to cover the media screen in the lounge of a bespoke, 69 meter superyacht.

I forged the Eastern repousse panels from 4 sheets of copper that I riveted together to form the 2 pocket doors. As per the client’s request, I rendered the design in multiple circular textures and then punched to allow light through the screens. The patinated doors were lacquered to protect the finish.

At this time there are no available images of the turtles installed on the superyacht.

These videos highlight some of the making of these panels. I began the project in late 2015 with a 12″ x 12″ sample of one turtle’s head. Due to delays in the shipyard’s sending the frames, I created these doors between early March, 2017 and shipped in August, 2017.

My studio assistants were Uduak Ita and Deanna Pastel (pictured in process photo).

See this project’s companion commission for the Main Saloon of the super yacht at