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David Wirth's sculpture,
another Cabo Tuna Jackpot original,
gets a record bid!


Marine sculptor David Wirth created another beautiful, original sculpture for Cabo, this time a bronze yellowfin tuna that will be customized by it's new owner, Mike Menas of the Bottom Line team after he bid $7,500 for it in the charity auction at the awards dinner

CABO SAN LUCAS-- The Pisces Fleet's Tracy Ehrenberg brought another Cabo chidren's facility to the forefront of Cabo anglers, and a record $7500 bid for Cabo Tuna Jackpot featured artist David Wirth's bronze piece culminated in a week of giving to two charities.

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A CLOSE-UP look at the bronze piece.

David Wirth's bronze tuna, auctioned off by Director Pat McDonell, went to Mike Menas in a spirited bidding war between Menas who is owner and team captain of the Bottom Line that won $271,000, and Judy Ostberg, a collector of David Wirth art. The beneficiary of the bidding war was, of course, the charity.

Ehrenberg brought Nuevo Creation to the attention of the awards dinner crowd at Puerto Paraiso mall. It was touching moment before the auction as the crowd was introduced to Nievo Creacion's Roberto Osuna. Tracy, Osuna and several boys went up on stage and Tracy Ehrenberg let him explain the charity as she translated into English.

Osuna and his wife have dedicated their lives into helping young boys who have become addicted to drugs and alcohol, taking them off the streets and into their home. Currently they provide 18 youngsters with a sober living environment. One young man described how Roberto had saved him from a life of drugs that began at 7 years old and thanked God for the change in his life.

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ARTIST DAVID WIRTH is really "burning up" these new patina colors such as "Pele's Fire" and "Lava." These colored patinas are his vision of the creation of the Hawaiian Islands “by way of molten lava, thus transforming my creations in Molten Bronze and Fiery colored patinas. He recently completed his original piece for the charity auction at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot awards dinner and charity auction Saturday night, Nov. 8.

The emotional presentation set the stage for the auction of David Wirth's beautiful fired bronze of a feeding yellowfin tuna, which the artist has promised to customize to include fleeing baitfish of the purchaser's choice. Several bidders responded to McDonell's auctioneering and the price pushed rapidly to $4,000. At that point it was apparent that two bidders were really intent on the piece -- Michael Menas of the Bottom Line team that had just won $271,346, and Judy Ostberg, who has compiled a collection of Wirth's art, including the piece auctioned at last year's event.

Menas was not to be deterred and when Ostberg stopped at $7,000, won with a bid of $7400 that he told McDonell to round it up to $7,500. While the auction took place, the youngsters "passed the hat" in the crowd and cash donations added another $3,700 to the total for Nuevo Creation.

This is Wirth's fourth year as Featued artist, and in addition to dinating the broinze piece, he also created four carved Hawaiian hooks on coral bases for the champions, the team on the Reel Rum.

"This is a special piece," said Wirth. "It came out beautiful, and it's not just unique as a collector's item for its beauty and as an original piece, but also because its owner (Menas) will have a choice of what baitfish they can have the tuna chasing, and I'll create them to be added to the base. So it's also a custom piece of art. I really wanted to make this third piece special and original for this tournament and for the charit . It's my way of contributing."

At age 45, Wirth is one of the country's most renowned award-winning hardwood marine-life sculptors, with works showcased in an increasing number of galleries worldwide.

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ARTIST DAVID WIRTH is really "burning up" these new patina colors such as "Pele's Fire" and "Lava." These colored patinas are his vision of the creation of the Hawaiian Islands “by way of molten lava, thus transforming my creations in Molten Bronze and Fiery colored patinas. He recently completed his original piece for the charity auction at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot awards dinner and charity auction Saturday night, Nov. 8.

Wirth continues, of course, to show his art in galleries and at shows, displaying the works for which he's best known, intricate pieces, some from a variety of rare and exotic hardwoods found on four continents; woods chosen because of their uniqueness and color. Wirth says citrus, live oak, olive and black walnut all from California are among his favorites along with indigenous woods of Hawaii such as mango, Cook pine, koa, milo, monkey pod or macadamia nut plus mahogany, buttonwood and sea grape found in Florida.

"I have a number of friends who are on the look-out for unusual shapings of dead wood from storm debris collection like the ones we recently had in Hawaii in December. Some of the rescued wood will sit to dry and cure for five years or more. Ninety percent of the logs I use are dead or dying."

To the very creative and discerning eye of Wirth each piece of wood could be the next unique three-dimensional canvas at one of his art studio/workshops in Hawaii, California or the Florida Keys.

Not counting his very popular and eye-catching wooden hooks which are given as impressive awards or presented as special mementos of gratitude by such worldwide conservation and fishing bodies as the IGFA, Wirth estimates he produces some 30 works a year.

His new "On Fire" bronze pieces, each created from a mold of carved hardwood, come in various patinas, but his "eye-catcher" patina is Hawaiian Lava.

"I've been experimenting with bronze for five years and decided to make the leap and bet the farm and to do this on my own," he said. "All of my bronzes are created in hardwood originals so it's really a whole different ball game as opposed to sculpting in clay or wax. There is no room for error or changing my mind once the project is started. This actually is what makes my work so dramatic, animated and most importantly so totally different than anybody else's works.

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NUEVO CREACION provides for young Cabo boys who were strung out on drugs and alcohol and stuck on the streets of the city. The money raised during the tournament will go to building a permanent home for the facility. MICHAEL MENAS, shown here with Tracy Ehrenberg, far right, and Roberto Osuna and one of the boys from the Cabo facility. Menas bid a record $7500 for this David Wirth bronze.

"'On Fire' is just that. I'm really burning up these new patina colors such as "Pele's Fire" and "Lava". These colored patinas are my vision of the creation of the Islands by way of Molten Lava thus transforming my creations in Molten Bronze and Fiery colored patinas."

Besides the sea horses and five types of Hawaiian style circle hooks he's also created a mahi mahi, and sailfish and is in progress with yellowfin tuna, wahoo, blue marlin and birds of paradise."

"I've been creating new and resurrecting fantastically animated bonze sculptures and working on new sculpture concepts, colors and shapes to bring life to what I see."

You can see more about David Wirth and his artwork at www.davidwirth.com; for more details on the Tuna Jackpot, see this issue of WON, or goto www.loscabostunajackpot.com.