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Octopus Weathervane

Pacific Giant Octopus Weather Vane


Our Pacific Giant Octopus Weathervane (Enteroctopus dofleini), was first commissioned by a woman in Alaska, to be mounted on her 8′ by 8′ She Shed. A lovely idea, both visible from the house and yet adorning her place of retreat and creativity.

There were some long discussions here with our team of designers and fabricators, because eight long and twisty legs were very tricky to engineer in a handcrafted copper sculpture piece while incorporating the necessary strength and design elements to have a functioning weathervane. Which is all to say it was a fun and challenging project. And we love how it turned out.

It is constructed in high detail, swell-bodied style. The glass eyes are special octopus eyes with their rectangular pupils. There is a loving inscription to her husband on the horizontal rod, and many ‘Lucky Pennies‘ from important dates in their lives attached inside the body of the Octopus.


Octopuses are actually mollusks—Along with their eight arms, they also has three hearts and nine brains! Two of the three hearts pump blood to the gills, while the third circulates blood to the rest of the body. Octopuses use one central brain to control their nervous systems and a small brain in each arm to control movement. Giant Pacific octopuses can grow to 29.5 feet (9 m) wide from the tip of one arm to the tip of another and have 2,140 to 2,240 suction cups on those arms, giving them a powerful grip and sense of taste and smell.