To commemorate InterContinental Hotel's 200th opening (read about the Shanghai Wonderland here), a set up by mixed-media artist Alexander Hall (also referred to as Haut de Gamme) has been displayed in select hotels throughout the world.
The installation is composed of 200 hand-painted champagne bottles – fitting for the momentous celebration. Every hanging bottle is exclusive and inspired by among the 200 hotels; each one of these captures the character, history and individuality of its location.
The InterContinental New York Barclay bottle depicts a birdcage, as it was the first hotel to possess one out of its lobby. It was full of canaries and other songbirds, and guests could house their very own birds in the 14-ft cage.
While the whimsical, fun installation was commissioned just for InterContinental, you may still bring just a little champagne-inspired art to your home. Haut de Gamme's vibrant, punky prints are daring and chic – his signature style is Pop Art-esque bright colors, dripping paint and gold leaf. A limited-edition series includes a number of original prints with Dom Pérignon-style bottles reimagined in Technicolor glory.
As Hall explains: “My inspiration for this painting comes from experiences with people, which helped me are thinking about creating something that made others feel positive. In the response of my other works, I needed to produce this piece with softer pastel colors to reflect my emotions of pleasure building up. It's one of my personal favorite pieces since i remember holding myself back from overworking it (which is very easy to do!). I'd fun doing it, and I think it shows.”
From $11,015, hautdegamme.com