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Topic: Christopher's Room, my first big installation!  (Read 14151 times)
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« on: May 14, 2011 03:31:19 PM »

This thing was super exciting to make, because I love installation art and finally got the opportunity to do a piece myself. There was too much stuff packed in there to post pictures of everything, but here are the highlights! Here's the installation itself, with me sitting at the desk. I wanted people to be able to poke around and look at everything in the cabinets and boxes:



The room follows the story of Christoper, a young prince, and his struggle against Ezra, this snakey demon sort of guy:



The story is explained in this little pamphlet; Christopher beats the snake, but takes its mask so that he doesn't get hurt again. The mask gives him strange powers, but he becomes a bit of a zombie personality-wise.



Here's a little family portrait of Christopher and his parents, the king and queen:



Christopher's mom, the Insect Queen, doesn't recognize him after he puts on Ezra's mask, so she just collects pictures of him how he used to be:



Christopher's dad, the king, uses Christopher's newfound powers to get rid of two of his potential assassins, the twins Asher and Felix Orthrus. Christopher has to deliver their hands to the king for proof. The first twin's hand:



The five fingers of the second twin, each in its separate box:



The cabinet was also full of little goodies:



Haha, this was probably confusing with just photos and a little bit of context, but hopefully you can enjoy the visual aspect of it, if not really the story/audience participation bit  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2011 03:47:47 PM »

I think this installation is amazing! Your backstory makes me want to read everything about Christopher. It's a story of yours, right? Itsounds so fun!

Aaaand the wallpaper is fantastically delicious.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2011 03:51:53 PM »

While I don't completely understand the context, the art is awesome! Hard to look away.

The installation makes me want to know more about the story.

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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2011 04:02:56 PM »

This is amazing Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2011 05:13:03 PM »

AMAZING!
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2011 05:24:27 PM »

As someone who was lucky enough to see the installation in person, I would like to go on record as saying "this IS amazing".  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2011 06:54:40 PM »

OMG, the story is amazing, the work is amazing, it's all soooo...... AMAZING!
great job! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2011 07:14:50 PM »

Love, love, love it all!  I was amazed at the entire installation and was intrigued by the story.  You brought the story (from what we saw of it) to life beautifully! 
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2011 07:27:02 PM »

I want to live in Christopher's room! Cheesy (And I want one of those books!)

This is so far beyond most art installations that it needs its own designation.

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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2011 09:08:27 PM »

Fantastic!
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2011 10:18:35 AM »

Wow, I really love this! The story behind the art is so intriguing. What will you do with the installation once you take it down? Or is it permanent?
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2011 10:25:58 AM »

Thanks, guys! Yeah, I made up the Christopher story for the installation, but I might like to do a children's book about it as well. For those who wanted to know more about the story, here's a (hopefully!) somewhat better summary:

Christopher is a young and mostly lonely (except for one childhood friend) prince, who is basically a normal kid, if a little naive. One day he and the childhood friend (the girl in the wallpaper, and one of the books that I'm not sure you can see in pictures) go out to their favorite spot to play and Christopher is attacked by the great snake Ezra who is waiting for him there. After a mighty struggle, Christopher defeats the snake, but takes up its stoic mask and wears it from then on so that any other monsters will be afraid to attack him in the future. The mask gives Christopher Ezra's deadly powers, but basically saps his personality so that he cares about nothing anymore.

When Christopher returns home, his overbearing mother, the Insect Queen, doesn't recognize her son and rejects him, instead obsessively collecting pictures and other representations of the son she now assumes is dead. His father, the king, is extremely paranoid, and sees his newly-powerful son as a tool to get rid of his enemies. Two such enemies are the Orthrus twins, Asher and Felix, who own an armory company and plan to assassinate the king. Christopher is sent by his father to kill the twins and return their hands (each with distinctive tattoos) as proof. The hand of Felix (the one with the wrist tattoo in the pictures) is put on display in a box, while Asher's fingers are each put into a box so that the king can send them to other enemies as a warning. Meanwhile, this whole time, Christopher's childhood friend, the only witness to Ezra's attack, still recognizes him and tries to pull him back to the way things used to be, but so far her efforts have been in vain.

There are a couple other things not really shown in the pictures (mostly the stuff in the cabinets; Christopher's childhood books and toys) but that's the main story. If you want to get all art-analytical, it's a story about children being placed in situations they aren't in control of or don't understand, and their ways of coping with those situations. Whew! Sorry that was so long!

Oh and as for what to do with the installation once it goes down, I give all the pieces to my friends and family, or, hell, anyone who wants to buy a chunk. I don't get attached to art very easily  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2011 11:28:57 AM »

That's amazing, well done you!
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2011 04:19:06 PM »

I would really like to buy that story when it gets published, that is amazing! I hope the artwork in it is just like this installation. It's beautiful.
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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2011 07:41:31 PM »

Not only is the art breathtaking but the story is great as well. It sounds like it would make a great comic book series.
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« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2011 08:42:30 PM »

This rocks.  I'm too tired to write more.
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« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2011 09:25:28 AM »

ohhhhh LUCKY Rackycoo got to see it in person - this is so flipping cool on so many levels - the artwork is outstanding - the story is inventive and love love the 3D nature of it all. Love the body coming out of one box and in another only to pop out yet another box - too cool  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2011 03:48:36 PM »

I want this in my housse!
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Your work is Brilliant, Beautiful and Amazing. Everything you do blows my mind, you will surely be a huge success and truly influential artist one day. Hannah Batsel you are my idol Smiley Wink
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« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2011 03:02:38 AM »

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« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2011 05:22:36 AM »

Can I just say WOW?  WOW
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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2011 07:58:48 AM »

Love it all but the fingers are my fave Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2011 08:12:26 AM »

Fantabulous!! What an incredible job and like many have commented. Now I want to read the story!
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« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2011 05:02:50 PM »

I love the story! Installation art is so unique. I love how the demon sculpture utilizes that whole space. The entire area tells the story, amazing!
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« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2011 07:16:58 PM »

This is utterly amazing!!! Wow!!! Congrats on a job well done!
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« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2011 08:14:00 PM »

That has got to be one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The only word that makes sense to describe my first thought on it, WOW!
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« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2011 06:47:16 AM »

Everything about this is AMAZING! It's beyond words!
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« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2011 04:27:32 PM »

Phenomenal work. I am very impressed with the concept and execution.
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« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2011 04:31:33 PM »

Oooh, I love Ezra! I want to make a giant plushie version of him!
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« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2011 06:41:33 PM »

This is wonderful!  I really love his mother and the piece where she collects images of him.  I wish I could see it in person, but it's pretty incredible like this too!
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« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2011 04:08:23 PM »

It's amazing... just gorgeous!
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« Reply #33 on: July 14, 2011 07:35:58 AM »

Your installation is truly gorgeous-- what sent it over the edge for me is the obvious care and detail in the craft. It looks like some kind of paper craft to me (I might be wrong Tongue) and I know that's always tricky, at least as far as making it look clean. But you succeeded! To great effect! Congrats!
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