Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Venetian City




It was a once in a life time art job. I have a feeling I might not have the opportunity to create something quite like this again. I guess we will just have to wait and see...

This was created in a bedroom, for a man that owned the largest poster company in the United States. The format is as follows: The ceiling was painted my signature sky with stars, this art project was for the space above his closet so that when he lay down in his bed he could look up and see this Venetian City above him. It is 12 feet long 5 feet high and 2 feet deep. It does not end there, it follows around the room where his very tall bookcases lined the walls so I created more buildings for that area too. I build each building individually with inverted windows and doorways,
where sculpted people reside, a sculpted cat sitting in a chair, icon style paintings on an easel, a laundry woman hanging out the days washing, a lady in a gown standing on a balcony,a statue of a nude female , hanging vines with dimensional grapes and on and on. The patron spent several grand lighting it so that it looked like water glowing off the buildings and to cap it off it is replete with 3-d gondolas and barber poles.

Several years later my Mom and sister treated me to an Italian holiday and when I got to the real Venice I couldn't believe my eyes. It was an inspirational trip and it made me feel good about my creation. This job took 7 months and it was one of the best times and the most difficult challenges I have tackled. I learned a lot about myself and it goes along with the valgal rules of no job to small or to tall or to big if you know what I'm saying. The gentleman and his wife would throw these elaborate parties with interesting people. I would get to visit the installation and hear and see the reaction to the city in the bedroom. It was not something that you would see every day. At that point I could separate myself from the critical voice within and just say wow what a unique and amazing experience! For me art is where dream and fantasy come together.

This is a digital shot of a photograph, the only way I could show you the room. The white thing on the ceiling is the fan it had a glowing orb that looked like the moon, this is a shot of the closet (kinda cut off ) with 12 ft. of city. This project was commissioned in 1994.

16 comments:

cream said...

Val, it looks really good! Was each building painted on a flat surface or was it three-dimensional? I am trying to imagine exactly how it is.
The representation is lovely! And to have seen the whole thing for real, wow!

Caroline said...

Sounds amazing to have made this! You have every right to be pleased with it too. Very inspiring to see - thanks for posting about it.

ValGalArt said...

cream,
Each building was constructed individually and is three dimensionalwith little rooms and everything. I am sorry that i don't have better pictures but I have some individual bldgs here that I will take a shot of.

cream said...

Val, no wonder it took 7 months! A labour of love! That's amazing!

flossy-p said...

This is fantastic, what a great opportunity, and what an awsome job you made of it! Congratulations.

Janet said...

Val,I would love to have seen this in person!... Just dropped by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

andrea said...

Wow -- you have done some amazing work, Val. Would love to see this. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cibele said...

Your work is really very good. I liked it very much. :0)

aynaku said...

ciao, thanx for visiting my blog! This venetian ceiling looks great; I spent a few years in Venice, as a student, and I know how inspiring that place can be...
:)

Pickledog said...

Wow! What a wonderful sight to fall asleep to.

garth bruner said...

WOW!!! Just tackling my little project gives me a way better appreciation of what you must have gone through. Feelings from elation to depression I'm sure. Beautiful job. Really, just wonderful.

ValGalArt said...

this is funny to admit now but the hardest part of this was the installation! I was up so high in a 3 ft deep space with my 2ft deep buildings trying to attach them and make sure they looked good, properly placed (you can't really see when you are up that high) all the while trying to not fall off and kill myself! I would have nightmares before attempting the install. I discovered that I'm a little afraid of hts. in close confined space.

Manuela said...

I love especially the colors
of this venetian city
:D
CIao

LDahl said...

I am so in love with these ... collecting Venice photo's is a quirky hobby of mine (one of a number of quirky hobbies I have:))) I have thought of your awesome blog every since I first saw it this morning! Pretty pretty pretty!

Courtney said...

wow! that is beautiful and amazing!

lus said...

i´m really surprised and delighted....i ´ve never know about a work like yours, i congratulate you because you found a work you love and it is incredible beautiful.
(i´m not good at english, but i hope you understand)