Does anyone remember me blasting this sunset pic on Instagram circa 2016, then again 3 months ago, then again last month at least 8 times? WELL, loyal followers, the latest update is that IT HAS A HOME! And it's one of our favorite installs eva... here's the story:
In 2016 I saw a giant version of this Andrea Galvani photo at an art fair. The sunset GLOWS it's gorgeous. It's from a series called "The End" that Galvani created by positioning drones over the water at specific altitudes, then moving them forward as the sun set to essentially chase the sun over the horizon. Beyond cool -- I know.
I didn't have any clients for the piece at the time, but when it went back to Italy after the fair, I missed it.
Fast forward this year when we were brought into a project by the lovely Flatiron27. Their East Village client had a big blank living room wall and great taste. They wanted something oversize, abstract and painterly. We included some options to spec and others not to spec, per usual. I had JUST discovered that Galvani made one smaller version of his The End photo that was currently in Mexico, and I threw it into the presentation as a wild card/fingers crossed option.
Our clients loved it. So then I had to get it to them... and while I've done my fair share of shipping art internationally, getting something from Mexico City to NY while working through a gallery in Italy proved to be a learning moment. Getting the crate off, into a high-security building and onto the wall was also a fun time-suck. And finally, when it was hung, the light in the room hit the plexi in particularly unideal way that caused me severe angst. Here is a pic:
After a part of me died, I went into action to replace the plexi with Museum Glass. This is MUCH easier said than done. With a little help from our Italian gallery friends, we vetoed that option and brought in a team from World Trade Art Gallery to remove the plexi altogether right onsite in our client's living room. World Trade does this daily, but given the circumstances, I was sweating profusely. Also, drills near art do not relax me.
After an hour of maneuvering, the plexi was off and the frame back on.
We hung it back on the wall and even the client's cutie toddler was psyched. "WOOOOOOW", she said. I haven't felt this relieved and excited about an install in a while, and now I look at these pics to procrastinate:
The home is set to be photographed by the designers this week, so yes that means I'll likely continue sharing pics because I love it so much. I hope you do too. THE END and happy Monday.