Let's face it, Mahalo is a yacht. And often yachts have original art. We knew we wanted to have some, but it had to be very unique. Here on Bainbridge there is a husband and wife team that own a gallery (www.dangerbainbridge.com) and create a lot of cool art. In fact we have a couple of their pieces in our yard.
Kelly makes the glass pieces, and Dave does the metal work.
This is the downstairs foyer or landing area (i.e. at the bottom of the stairs, in between the three staterooms. This is a previous hull to ours.
Between the four of us, we came up with a unique design. My vision was kind of a cross between an elaborate kelp and a jellyfish. Dave did several drawings and some test metal pieces. He had never made anything resembling a leaf before, so it took some doing, but luckily he is persistent and creative!
We took this drawing to China on one of our trips and tried it out for size and look. Love it.
Kelly at one of our design meetings. She's feisty.
When they finished the piece, and showed us in their gallery, we were just blown away. It is so gorgeous. And right then Deb and I knew we couldn't put it down below where most people would never see it. It would have to go over the salon couch.
We did give it a shot downstairs in the foyer. Of course it would look awesome there.
But here is where it really belongs! We agreed with Dave that some tweaking was necessary so that it would look like it was always designed to go there.
And here is the finished piece solidly mounted on the wall luckily that's 3/4" marine plywood under the veneer. It's one of a kind, green and blue, just beautiful. Just like Mahalo!
The glass pieces have mirrors behind them and thus look amazing with sun coming through the salon windows.
Now, what to do about that foyer space down below? A plan is in action, stay tuned!