Client: Andrea Bonfils
Location: Melville, NY, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $27,000
Andrea Art Studio, LLC
Gretchen Van Sciver
Solutions By Design
Large scale photography by Andrea Bonfils Submerged Garden Series (underwater floral photography) were installed in the foyer of the luxurious Push Fitness Club in Melville, New York. The submerged floral prints are a soothing reminder of an organic and spa-like getaway in this prestigious health-oriented environment. Within this series there are many options for hospitality, health care, recreation and transportation where botanicals or water are thematically suitable. Fabrications in glass, metal, paper, mosaic, and acrylic (opaque and semi-transparent) are a few of the many options available.
The goal was to have a striking and previously unseen art piece in great scale to complement the club's modern, clean, and welcoming aesthetic. The photography acting as a floating, dividing wall is now an inspirational transition from lobby to machinery, without closing down the space or light.
The collaboration was fairly straight forward. The client Push Fitness Club requested images to be used within the foyers dimensions, colors, and aesthetic. Based on Andrea's suggestions it was decided that a floating and ceiling suspension of 20-foot panels of semi-transparent acrylic images would be most fitting. Andrea Bonfils is adept at unique installation and commission possibilities. The images can be viewed from both sides, leaving an impactful impression from all angles in the large space. Once the chosen images were finished proofing, and hanging hardware was selected shipping was arranged and the art was installed by the client's builder at the end of their new construction.
Many images, fabrication options and large to monumental sizes are available within this series (ie. semi-transparent acrylic panels, Vibrachrome metal prints or large scale mosaics). Lenticular (3D) prints are created within series as well. Andrea states, " I’m primarily drawn to the wonders of nature and our humanity within. I’ve spent countless hours submerged while documenting color, mood, fluidity and light in underwater movement. The Submerged Garden Series of Underwater photography depicts larger than life floral compositions. With multiple angles and a magnified view of each, an entire new world of color, detail and narrative result. My aquatic exploration of botanicals and fluidity have resulted in a kaleidoscopic interaction with an entirely organic sentiment and color palette, highlighting refraction and reflection while inviting visitors to explore images within their quiet or complex compositions.