'Candle Ice Two' (Installation Day 2) by Shane Wilson

Candle Ice Two (install completed) by Shane Wilson - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, in situ at the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, with the hotel lounge, 'd | bar', in the background.

Candle Ice Two (in case) by Shane Wilson - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, in situ at the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Candle Ice Two (back - in case) by Shane Wilson - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, looking across at the lounge and the ceramic and metal wall sculpture 'Forest' by Alissa Coe.

Jamie Stagnitta performs final cleaning of glass case - Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Jamie Stagnitta assures the glass case is perfectly cleaned.

Jamie Stagnitta oversees lowering of glass case onto plinth - Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Jamie Stagnitta oversees the placement of the heavy glass case onto the plinth. The installers are careful to avoid the tips of the sculpture while insetting the glass evenly into the prepared channel.

Both antlers in place - Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
The carved moose antler sculpture 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson is permanently installed on the plinth, prior to the addition of the glass case.

'Candle Ice Two' (Acrylic Supports) by Shane Wilson
The acrylic supports and antler in place.

Acrylic posts inserted in plinth, silicone applied ready for second antler of Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
The acrylic posts are inserted into the plinth and an adhesive silicone is applied which forms a flexible, non-destructive connection with the antler. The smaller acrylic post will serve as a support, is fitted with non-slip rubber and rests on the surface of the plinth. The use of a flexible adhesive and an adjustable support will prevent cracking which might otherwise occur with screws as the antler 'moves' over time with changes in humidity.

Plinth cleaned, ready for Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Following the removal of the protective blue shrink wrap, a sticky residue remained on the surface that resisted attempts at removal. Forte Fixtures sent someone to remove the residue this morning. The plinth is now ready for the installation of the sculpture 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson.


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'Candle Ice Two' (Installation Day 1) by Shane Wilson

Day One at the Four Seasons saw the arrival and installation of the plinth, purposed for 'Candle Ice Two'. It was a day of great activity at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto as furniture, art, hardware, appliances, cabinetry and all the elements of a great hotel arrived to take their place among this spectacular virgin space.

(images descending latest to earliest)

Jason Wilson paints pillar holes in Forte Fixtures plinth for Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Jason Wilson paints the inside of the support post holes grey, to mitigate an optical effect created by the acrylic posts. The clear acrylic post reflects any colour from the area surrounding its base up to its top. The grey colour blends with the colour of the antler and makes the connection point between post and antler seamless. Once the paint has dried overnight, the pillars can be inserted and the sculpture affixed.

Shane Wilson describes process to Alissa Coe, Sculptor, trial placement of Candle Ice Two - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
(Shane Wilson and Alissa Coe, photo by Jason Wilson)
Alissa Coe takes a break during the installation of her ceramic and metal 'Forest' sculpture on the wall of the lounge adjacent to 'Candle Ice Two' to check out the two carved antlers resting provisionally on their plinth for the first time. Alissa is also the creator of the spectacular ceramic and walnut 'Dandelion' sculpture featured in the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto reception area.

Shane Wilson adjusts discrepency in pillar holes, Forte Fixtures plinth for Candle Ice Two, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
(Shane Wilson, photo by Jason Wilson)
The metal sheeting did not align with the wood substructure of the plinth so a little grinding work was necessary, for which I made use of the ubiquitous Dremel sanding drum.

Removing protective wrap on metal plinth for Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - 2
(photo by Jason Wilson)
A dramatic moment as the beautiful brushed and patinated steel surface of the plinth created by Forte Fixtures is revealed.

Removing protective wrap on metal plinth for Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - 1
(photo by Jason Wilson)
The unwrapping of the plinth begins!

James Robertson Art Consultants discuss plinth placement in Four Seasons Hotel Toronto for Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson
(James Robertson, Davide Rupiani, Shane Wilson, Jamie Stagnitta and Laura Wood, photo by Jason Wilson)
The 'Candle Ice Two' plinth is lowered gently onto the stone-topped landing at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. The lounge, called 'd | bar', can be seen at the top of the image. 'Candle Ice Two' can be seen waiting on a nearby table.

Plinth moved into place in Four Seasons Hotel Toronto for Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson
The 'Candle Ice Two' plinth, massively weighted, is moved carefully onto the landing at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Forte Fixtures Display Case arrives at Four Seasons for Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson
The display case and plinth, manufactured by Forte Fixtures, arrive at Four Seasons Toronto Hotel.

James Robertson, Laura Wood, Davide Rupiani, Jamie Stagnitta
(James Robertson, Laura Wood, Davide Rupiani, Jamie Stagnitta - James Robertson Art Consultants)
The team from James Robertson Art Consultants oversee the installation of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto permanent art collection they curated.

George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, Interior Designers of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
(George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg - YabuPushelberg)
George and Glenn of YabuPushelberg drop by to inspect the progress of final interior design touches nearing completion in the soon to be opened Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson - Installation Site
The location, on the landing at the base of the magnificent floating stone staircase in the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, where the carved, double moose antler sculpture by Shane Wilson, Candle Ice Two will be installed.


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'Candle Ice Two' (Begin) by Shane Wilson

I have been commissioned by James Robertson Art Consultants to create an abstract sculpture from two moose antlers for the lobby of the brand new Four Seasons Hotel and ResidencesToronto. (For a look at an artist's conception of the hotel and a lobby floor plan, click here.)

What a spectacular honour to be a part of this stellar Canadian art collection curated by the James Robertson group for the hotel's design team of
Yabu Pushelberg.

The concept for the commission is abstract in nature, with
'Candle Ice' as a reference, to be realized on two moose antlers, positioned together and flush-mounted on a bronze plinth.

A variety of moose antlers were presented as options, of which the following pair were chosen for the sculpture.


'Candle Ice Two' (begin) by Shane Wilson


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