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By Alexandra Taylor

The setting for the unveiling and celebration of famed artist Michael Kalish’s collaborative work with Champagne Perrier-Jouët embodied the beauty and tranquility of the sculpture. The three-dimensional work of art was recently presented in Hudson River Park, where art enthusiasts and industry leaders marveled over the tranquil quality of the pieces.

Kalish paid homage to the signature motif of Champagne Perrier-Jouët by envisioning a lovely garden, representing the brand’s well-recognized anemone flower bottle design. His “Belle Époque” is a symbol of artistic interpretation, standing more than 14 feet tall and featuring two anemone stems, created of stainless steel and bent aluminum. The flowers, hand cut from over 100 Champagne Perrier-Jouët cages, exude an ease of movement and a sense of minimalism.

Artist Michael Kalish and “Belle Époque”

The sculpture will stand in Hudson River Park at Charles Street to engage visitors in the natural beauty of art. Kalish states, “I’m very proud of this sculpture, and believe that it stands as a testament to Perrier-Jouët’s vision of the alluring nature of art, as art is a lens through which we can celebrate the beauty found in everyday life. Everyday objects are my muse.”

Champagne Perrier-Jouët

Guest DJ Solange Knowles

For the launch of “Belle Époque” the artist and champagne company hosted a cocktail event at Bagatelle in the Meatpacking District last week. The party was filled with art aficionados and celebrity friends of the renowned artist, including Solange Knowles, who was the guest DJ, Kelly Rutherford and Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef. Guests sipped on champagne and champagne cocktails from Champagne Perrier-Jouët and indulged in mini hors d’oeuvres while taking in the music by Knowles. Kalish’s work was projected on the walls of the newly designed restaurant and video footage of the creative process was presented.

The Belle Époque sculpture will be on view in Hudson River Park for the next four weeks.

Me with our Arts Editor Laura as we enjoy the celebration

Originally published June 2012
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