|FOR DISPLAY ONLY FACTS
• Carved from a 12-ton block of Vermont Danby Marble
• Width: 50″
• Height: 57″
• Length: 60″
• Weight: 2300 lbs
• Work Commenced: July 2014
• Total Build Time: 2 months & 3 weeks
• For Display Only 1-Sheet
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The SculptureThe marble work of art mimics the hand pleated detailing, the buttons down the back and sleek fabric of the silk satin A-line gown.
The Sculpture: Then & Now
With millions of fans worldwide, Pnina Tornai has established herself as a renowned top couture fashion designer. Her line varies from classic princess-like ball gowns to bold show stopping fashion forward couture creations.
As a leading name in bridal couture and evening gowns, Pnina stars in many hit television shows: “Say Yes To The Dress”, “10 Years Younger”, “Celebrity-Big Brother”, “Celebrity-Master Chef” and more..
The custom made, individually tailored pieces are based on Pnina’s implicit understanding of a woman’s body. This insures an original, fashionable and extremely flattering once in a life time couture creation. Sophisticated hand embroideries, corsets and Swarovski crystal embellishments are hallmarks of Pnina Tornai’s opulent and luxurious wedding and evening gowns.
Royalty, celebrities, fashion and pop icons throughout the world are known to fly to NYC to visit Pnina Tornai’s boutique at “Kleinfeld Bridal”. You can find Tornai’s designs in various locations throughout the world: United States, Canada, Italy, Israel, Greece, South Korea, China, Japan and more..
Through his recent bodies of sculptures, Alasdair has been exploring the way fabric hangs and folds. Somewhat tentatively with his first series Fabricae, and subsequently with greater strength through The Identity Collection, Alasdair has drawn on a classical subject and given it a contemporary twist. No longer is the portraiture the focus but is now only implied, the identity of the vestments owners instead revealed through this snapshot of their wardrobe.
Alasdair Thomson is a stone sculptor living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. He achieved his degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh in 2004, and his diploma in sculpture from the Senese Scuola Edile in Siena in 2010. In 2013 he won the People’s Choice Award at Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition for his sculpture titled Blouse, and in the summer of 2014 was the recipient the artist in residency award at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Centre in West Rutland, VT. Alasdair has exhibited widely, and has work in private collections in The USA and Hong Kong, as well as in his native Scotland and the wider UK.
What This Project Means to Me.
By Alasdair Thomson
The idea of carving a wedding gown from marble was, at the time of inception, a throwaway one that I had whilst still tentatively exploring the subject matter of drapery. It was an idea so outside of what seemed possible for me as a sculptor who was just finding his feet, that I mentally filed the idea away as something for far later in my career. Less than a year later I had offhandedly mumbled the idea to Jonathan Tibett of ABC Stone who immediately took it upon himself to see the idea come to fruition. It has been an enormous privilege to have been able to undertake this project, and extremely humbling to have had such tremendous support from both ABC and from Pnina Tornai. Words do little to express my pleasure in seeing the finished sculpture and having had it exceed all my expectations. It’s thrilling!
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