I am still looking at older works to see if they can be “pushed”. This is Steve and although I was basically satisfied with this piece, I did not like the base that the coral was resting on. The style of the base was pleasing enough but the base did not seem integrated to the coral. Since this was already assembled and the vertical frame pieces very delicate, I feared taking this apart.
The solution turned out to be pretty simple. Adding a couple of brass parts hid the base and added a brass detail that helped pull this together. Sometimes all it takes is a detail.