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Thought I’d post this again, it gets a lot of attention in my Big Sur gallery, The Hawks Perch.
Rolling Stones World Tour.
The New York City billboard was on 42nd Street, Times Square — I painted the album cover, “Made In The Shade” for ArtKraft-Strauss & Co. sign company that hangs in the eagle’s talons.
World’s biggest billboard at the time, the building’s been torn down but it was a city block long theatre marquee.
Paul Chan did the turbo eagle. The album cover (David Bowie in a lawn chair, in drag) was composed of over 20 pieces of 4 X 8 foot masonite sections. It changed every week for the duration of the Stone’s tour. The thing was HUGE. I did it in 15 days, my first billboard, and Sam the director kept saying SPARHAWK HURRY UP!!
The trickiest challenge was the curved chrome under Bowie’s hand.
This photograph shows it across Times Square, you can see the corner stop lights.
An instructive aside here, about marquees. They turn out to be cantilevers, that is a broad flat surface with a center support and equal weights on both sides to insure balance.
Demolition is a fascinating science, and it helps to know construction first. It wasn’t this particular theatre but an old NY one in a different neighborhood. The building owner wanted the marquee removed. Not a major project, the crew set to it. As soon as it was successfully removed from the street side, the inside upper balcony collapsed.
No women, children, animals, plantlife, or film enthusiasts were hurt in the process, the house was empty. But it sure was an explosive, very costly, surprise.
Not unlike drawing, it’s a good idea to learn anatomy, and how flesh lays on top of bone, and how the whole shebang works communally.
Or, more simply put, it pays to think.