Friday, June 29, 2012

I Have a Secret

This is the last post on "Lonnie Hanzon" Blog spot. Please go to LonnieHanzon.com. to re-connect. All of the archives are at lonniehanzon.com as well as future posts about my life and work. It has been nice to report to you and I hope you will talk to me over at the new site. Thanks Blogspot for letting me talk.
Lonnie

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Monday: 700 New York Minutes

 Before Load In. This is looking from 42nd St. to 43rd St. in Midtown Manhattan. It is a through Block between 4 Times Square and One Bryant Park. It is called Anita's Way. Named for the founder of Chashama, the non profit I am helping on this trip.  Times Square is one 1/2 block to you your left, and Bryant Park 1/2 block to your right. The day has four components:
1. Anita Durst (founder of Chashama) ringing the NASDAQ closing bell to celebrate the organization
2. Chashama fundraising gala for 400 
3. Kick-off of Art Takes Times Square in Times Square
4. Afterparty for 800
 Early Morning set up
The Event was created by the Chashama organization, Designed by Christopher Trujillo with Production provided by Danzell. I assisted Christopher Trujillo's efforts. 
I draped, taped, arranged, flew, constructed, styled & schleped.
( Road kill) taxidermy and mannequins arrive at Gala Site

Anita Durst during Nasdaq closing bell ceremony rehearsel. 
NOTE: All Nasdaq event photographs:
© 2012, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.












Art Takes Times Square Kick Off
Everyone that participated (thousands) appeared for moments that night-
it was fun to see art from around the world



Gala morphing in to Afterparty
 




 Bumping in to Doris Laughton & Martin Smith at the afterparty.
 Long day, but it had some wonderful moments.




Saturday, June 16, 2012

Today at the Met

I had a little break this morning, so I headed to the Metropolitan Museum. I can wander forever there and still find new treasures and views. Here are some selections from the visit this morning.











 Lovely parabolic of stainless steel tiles






Detail from a Gustave Moureau


The Cloud scupture on the roof - waiting time was 2 hours, so I didn't climb around


 These Columns in the the American Wing are georgeous


Is that a Mermaid floating through the Manhattan Sky or 
a wonderful reflection in the Bergdorf-Goodman Window?


Monday, May 7, 2012

Two Thousand & Twelve

2012
Opening new (and old) trade routes!
2012 started in 3rd gear!
Designs approved, production happening, presentations presented. 
New Chapter. 
New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Dallas, and back to New York by April -
( not to count some Denver action as well!)
Some of the projects can’t be revealed until Holiday or even next year, but let’s just say it is both daunting & exciting to be back in the saddle. 
I think 2 more cities will be added to the route soon, along with some off-shore design work.
The new studio, as soon as it gets finished, will be very busy.....
(Now we are busy in every inch of the living room, hallway, yard, shed, kitchen, etc)
The first project to be installed this year was titled
Stone Clouds I, II, & III. 
They are Mica, Stainless Steel and Glass with Stainless findings. 
They were commissioned by the Neiman Marcus Group for the new store in Walnut Creek, California. Installed in February for the March opening. 
Terry, Nicole and Jeri fabricated the 20,000 pieces that made up these beauties. 
(When I was galavanting around the country on other projects) 
 Although we have been doing work for the Neiman Marcus Group off and on (mostly on) since 2001, this is the first it is part of the Neiman Marcus Corporate Art Collection
  They reside in the fashion jewelry and precious jewelry department.
 It was an honored to be both receive the commssion, 
but also have the opportunity to install it myself. My hosts were a class act as usual.

Thank you so Deborah Cussen for sending the photos after opening!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Almost 12 !

2011
Are we there yet? Are we here yet? Almost.  
We will makes some notes on 2011 and then enter the wonderful re-invention of 2012.
"Winter's Work" was an assemblage' created for the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. It is titled "Harmonic Syzygy" ( I privately called the project "Chewing on a Cello". After showing in many places for many months, it was auctioned off last weekend. 



There were several projects at
MOA's Samson Park and Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre including wild flags,


a 16 ft. x 32 ft. mural,


and a new grand entrance for Samson Park.
I started some super top secret ( but very fun product development ) work for The Tremblay Group,
and was honored to create a glass sculpture titled Rising for the Denver Hospice Inpatient Facility at Lowry (through the  the great people at NINE dots ARTS)



As usual, the good folks at Bella Glass helped with glass fabrication services, and Devin Gores of Public Works did a great job on the metal portion. Jordan at Design Crete made the wonderful black pedestel, and our friends at Weidamark provides the led light fixtures.
I got my Christmas fix when invited by the City of Dallas and Neiman Marcus to help them celebrate the kick off to the Holiday Season in Dallas.
Neiman Marcus put up the first tree I created for them in 2001.
video
The event is so big now it takes place in a downtown park! Laurie at Reinders provided the cascading lights that lit up Main Street.
video
40,000 people joined the festivities that night! Santa arrive in style -
zip-lining down 6 stories to the park.
And construction started on our new studio addition to the house.
Luckily, Terry held down the fort when I ran to New York.
There is nothing like the city during the Holidays.
 This is a photo of me taking a photo of a photographer on rollerblades that has just taken a photograph of the photographers shooting the Van Clef & Arpels Window...
The Genius at Bergdorf Goodman





Bergdorf Goodman Mens




Notice Turkish-esque Mirror device in this BG window. Now notice the mirror piece sitting on the floor of Andy Warhol's Factory.  They are not exactly the same, but I would BET the same maker.
The Lady Gaga Gag at Barrney's:



 Tiffanys

 Henri Bendel
 A secret room in Harlem
View from a new gig - georgeous