Catch and Release
A fisherman and hungry gator team up to free these lunchbox captives
Catch and Release is another in my series of crazy contraptions. Hoping for a bite of the fish on the line, the alligator chomps the string. The pull on the string wobbles the fisherman, who lifts the lunchbox lid with his reel. Once the box is open, the imprisoned toys can escape.
The freestanding and counterbalanced toy is a wonderful bit of engineering. The fisherman’s arms are hinged and when he rocks back and forth and the fishing rod moves up and down. Balancing toys like this were popular in the 19th century; the one I have is a reproduction and does double duty as entertainment when grandchild bathtime rolls around.
The alligator is an old windup toy. My example is missing his tail so I had to research what the complete toy was supposed to look like, then built the tail out of clay and painted it to match the original.
- All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.
All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.
Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.
Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 16” sizes; edition of 125 for 18” x 24”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print.