My friend BZ introduced us to a truly amazing talent who we were lucky enough to have join us for a recent event. Master Cheng takes impromptu orders at parties and within seconds, in front of your very eyes, he cuts elaborate animals, silhouettes, and anything your heart desires out of everyday paper. I asked for a Noah’s Ark of animals. Master Cheng did not disappoint. And the guests were pretty amazed too!
OMG! It looks just like the rendering:
A Private Celebration
Master Cheng was situated within a glorious and zany “garden” of flowering cherry blossoms, sculpted boxwood hedges, dappled moon light, and really BIG boxwood topiary of the host’s ever ebullient poodle Peaches! Peaches is not only an important member of our client’s family, but she played a critical supporting role in the evening’s drama. She appeared first on the save-the-date, then on the invitation, and as the cherry on the sundae of our cocktail hour – a boxwood nod and wink to Jeff Koon’s infamous Puppy sculpture.
Based on our client’s drawings of Peaches, we first created a sculpted foam armature for the boxwood to be affixed to. Take special note of Peaches collar, though. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the strap is created from pink carnations, and the buckle is a silver photo frame (on its side, sans glass). The part of the buckle that catches in the holes of the belt (does this thing have an actual name?), is a nail clipper. (BIG smile)
Bravo, my team. That little detail, as silly as it might seem, blows me away. Thank you for that inspiring surprise and for the inventiveness that makes what we do ART. It’s what keeps me going every day.
P.S. Jeff Koon’s work was on my mind a lot while we were playing around with our Peaches. I was lucky enough to experience Koon’s huge puppy both in Spain and in NYC – such different experiences, both wonderful.
This guy greeted us in Bilbao, Spain when we went to the Guggenheim Museum there for the first time. What a magical site he was – all abloom in Technicolor! And huge.
And this Puppy is pretty fabulous too! He was so cool on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art last summer. Where is he now?
And this one? I don’t know where he is, but he is cool in that color too.