Needle Nose Pliers
How it was Built:
1.) Sculptural Pieces - We carved, cut, and chopped the hardwood blocks with a Japanese finishing saw, chisel, and X-acto Knife to create small detailed sculptures. When the sculptures are positioned correctly in a concentrated light, they project a shadow of a person in the "frisk" position.
2.) Stencils - We translated the original image into vector art to create a template for our stencils. We broke the image down into 3 color layers each with a corresponding stencil. The ground layer is black, the contrast layer is white, and the detail layer is silver. Spray painting the stencils in this manner reflects the style of the original Banksy piece.
3.) Wire Letters - We used needle nose pliers to cut, and bend the steel wire into the letters that appear at the top of our piece. We replaced the original word "Banksy" with "Bloomberg" referring to Michael Bloomberg. The letters were then spray painted red and adhered to the window.
The location you see is in the interstitial space between our Design Studio (in Brooklyn NY) and an outer alleyway. The stencils were sprayed, and the word "Bloomberg" was glued to an existing translucent acrylic window. Our building has very unique and unusual spaces as a result of its rich history dating back to the 19th century.