Holiday Sculptures in NYC

from Shea in Brooklyn, NY

Holiday Sculptures in NYC

Hi Everyone,

Shea2My name is Shea and I’m an artist and craftsman in New York City. Last summer, I interviewed with local New York company called Brooklyn Industries for a graphic design position. Though it wasn’t a fit and I ultimately found work elsewhere, the woman who interviewed me remembered some sculptures she had seen in my portfolio. 

About a month ago, she called and presented me with the largest sculpture commission I’d been offered to date – a series of wintery displays for Brooklyn Industries’ 10 retail shops. With the holiday season quickly approaching, it also needed to be completed in a relatively short time-frame. My gut said “Yes,” and so I committed to the project, not knowing how I’d get it done, yet sure I wanted to do it.

There were countless details of ordering supplies, biking all over NYC to find special papers, modifying the design to fit the client’s needs and so many more steps that went into this project, but all the little pieces feel secondary to the proverbial locomotive that drove this project: saying “Yes.” When I said “Yes,” I meant it, and this is what sustained the project and made its execution so seamless.

Sculptures1 I work a full-time job in addition to my artistic endeavors, and I was surprised at how much energy I had to complete the project. For about a month, nearly every free moment I had was dedicated to creating the holiday display. There were times when I’d begin to complain to myself about having to go to work again after a full workday, but I never let myself stray too far down that path. I’m convinced what allowed this project to flow was that I simply didn’t indulge in complaint.

Sculptures2By the time the installation date had arrived, the momentum from my creative efforts seemed to carry me through the process. I installed the illuminated sculptures at 10 stores all over New York City and Brooklyn, and had a blast doing it. It was fun to enter each space, meet the folks who were working there, and then do something artistic and spontaneous with the ingredients I had on hand. Brooklyn Industries also lent me the help of one of their workers, a great man named Hammed, who seemed able to read my mind and produce the exact results I desired.

Shea1 In the past, it would have been very easy to talk myself out of taking on this project, as I was not only in the habit of listening to the reasonable chatter of my mind, but also had a “starving artist” story that making lots of money for my work made me a sellout or took me away from my artistry. Thankfully, in the Kanes’ seminars, I have learned how to sidestep the ingrained, self-limiting thoughts we humans all seem to have. I was able to bypass those familiar, confining walls and step into the unknown, and with it the joy and excitement of discovery.

Above are some photos of the finished sculptures as well as me installing them in the stores. To see them change color, you can also check out this video

Happy Holidays!

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13 Comments
  • Anne Rodriguez
    Posted at 19:26h, 13 December Reply

    Absolutely love it!

  • Jean K
    Posted at 13:11h, 14 December Reply

    Beautiful work and a very inspiring story. Thank you. It is so uplifting!

  • Elke Franzki
    Posted at 14:20h, 14 December Reply

    Thank you for sharing! Love your sculptures, Shea!

  • John Campbell
    Posted at 15:49h, 14 December Reply

    Magic Shea. You knocked it out of the park.

    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

  • Jodi Ader
    Posted at 17:50h, 14 December Reply

    Amazing sculptures! Congratulations!!✨✨

  • Valerie Volinski
    Posted at 21:37h, 14 December Reply

    Shea, I am so happy for you. Love your narration on this blog post and the photos which go with this, so we get to see what you created for the occasion. It’s inspiring hearing you talk about stepping into the unknown and creating. Amazing you got them all done and up. Have never seen anything like these glow sculptures.

  • Isabelle M Monaco
    Posted at 21:38h, 14 December Reply

    Wow! Congrats Shea! These are awesome and I love your article about it!

  • Sonja Schöntauf
    Posted at 02:03h, 15 December Reply

    Great work and great story, Shea! Thank you for sharing, I love it!

  • Ulrike Schu
    Posted at 02:58h, 15 December Reply

    I Love your sculptures, Shea! And the way they change colours, too!

  • Renate
    Posted at 12:43h, 15 December Reply

    🙂 Awesome article, awesome art and awesome workshops! Love it! Thanks Shea & happy Christmas

  • Annina
    Posted at 19:12h, 15 December Reply

    Awesome, Shea! and so inspiring to let my own greatness shine

  • Shea Bartel
    Posted at 19:52h, 15 December Reply

    Thanks for the kind words ya’ll! Happy to spread the holiday cheer around 🙂

  • Christian
    Posted at 03:32h, 21 December Reply

    Awesome! Congratulation Shea! 🙂

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