Fake Art in Fake Rooms

So, I’ve been on my long rant about why I love having real art onstage, but sometimes designers want things that are a little out of our price range. Such as Giacometti sculptures. Like this one. Yep. The most expensive sculpture on earth.

So, under those circumstances what do you do? You make a copy. Heres how I did this one:

I made a whole bunch of drawings the same size of the sculpture, trying to capture the motion and gesture of the original, and then made an armature out of a stiff wire.

Then I used a lighter wire to do the detail.

papier mache

then oatmeal…

Then black paint. I should mention here that this prop was added very late in the game, and had to be made super-quickly. But, Second Stage has a wig dryer, which is this amazing box that fill up with warm air and drys everything super fast. So here he is drying in his special box.

Then a second coat of paint, and voila:


About meredithries

Meredith is a set designer living in Brooklyn, NY. See her work at: www.meredithries.com This is a repurposed old blog. Because continuity is important. Malaprop is a malapropism
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2 Responses to Fake Art in Fake Rooms

  1. Peter says:

    I would pay $104 million for your piece.

  2. Natalie Robin says:

    that is lovely!!!

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