The plan was to create a glass wine tower made up of classical human figures for the re-opening of Charlie Palmer’s Aureole restaurant on New York’s 5th Avenue ( http://www.charliepalmer.com/aureole-new-york ). The figures had to capture the meditative and mythological essence of an aureole – a luminous cloud or halo surrounding sacred persons or objects – yet remain dynamic, flowing and vibrant.
CG played a major role in this project from the very beginning. Creating and exploring the expressive motion of stroboscopic imagery could not have been done to this degree using another method. “Because of the organic style required by the client we had to model intuitively and position the figures precisely”, explains Banjamin “Selwy” Leitgeb, the project’s digital sculptor who breathed life and emotion into each character. More about here: https://www.maxon.net/en/industries/architecture/article/rebirth-of-the-aureole-by-michael-marcondes/ and here: https://www.bramtihany.com/the-toast-series