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#33: "Really Free Willy" Size: 3.31" Price: $2,500

This is yet another astounding masterpiece celebrating Ro's FORTY YEARS of making marbles/spheres! From Ro: "I only made three of this type. They are all different and the most time consuming complicated sphorbles I have ever made. I hope to make more sometime but this is one of the three with my "40 Year" signature." An article published by the Flow Magazine also talked about this marble:
"Ro Purser has the ability to bring a visual story to life within
each marble that he creates. One of his favorite sayings is, “As
long as you’re telling a story, you might as well ask a question.” He
lives by this adage as he sets up the story for each piece in such a
way that every viewer is free to see something different and come
up with his or her own story’s end. A good example of this is one
of Purser’s latest marbles, Really Free Willy, that challenges the
viewer to choose between three entirely different planes of reference/
reality and suggests a statement about the shrinking realm of
our planet’s space for our wildlife. “When I made Really Free Willy,
it took me four solid months to make the murrine alone. I pressed,
cut, and ground parts. Assembled and stretched cane. Reassembled
and stretched more cane. It takes a couple of days just to lay out
the murrine on the pickup plate for one of those. From that four
months work, I should be able to make six or seven of them.” The
multidimensional aspects of the design leave something new to
discover each time the piece is viewed."

It is signed with Ro's special millie 'Ro 40' and it shows a lattice work of windows and space and sky with orcas floating through it all. Those windows and the depth of them is just AWESOME. Check out all of the super sweet details in this piece! ALL of that had to be painstakingly created in glass and laid out to from this image, and rolled up into a perfect sphere. As usual, Ro's work here just utterly boggles the mind with its fantastic complexity that is masked in flowing beauty. Ro has only made 3 of these so far, and one of those had an accident, so these are as rare and precious as they come! Don't let this be the masterpiece that got away, the ultimate centerpiece for the finest of collections...