Jock Hildebrand often works in a digital format, designing and rendering sculpture in 3D. Cephalopod is one such sculpture. Existing in digital form until the right venue is found for it, Cephalopod is a creative interpretation of the following definition:
Cephalopod: any member of the class Cephalopoda of the phylum Mollusca, a small group of highly advanced and organized, exclusively marine animals. The octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and chambered nautilus are familiar representatives.
Any of various carnivorous marine mollusks of the class Cephalopoda, having a large head, a mouth with a chitinous beak surrounded by arms or tentacles, and in most species, an ink sac containing a dark fluid used for defense, and including the octopuses, squids, cuttlefishes, and nautiluses.
Finished with a highly reflective surface, the sculpture is a playful interpretation of two octopus embracing. (Hildebrand calls this approach “referential.”) The highly polished finish allows for the environment around it to be reflected. This is not unlike the cephalopods able to change their own colour in order to camouflage themselves.