If you’ve ever stood at the intersection of 58th street and Fifth Avenue in New York, no doubt you would have seen the fantastical window displays of the legendary department store Bergdorf Goodman. The marble-clad nine-storey Beaux Arts architectural gem houses the world’s most luxurious and fabulous things but the building is also home to the most inventive and artistic windows anywhere; the displays are a veritable art show for anyone who happens to be strolling by.
With a dedicated floor to their display department (the 8th floor is where the staff cafeteria and display department is located), you can be assured that Bergdorf takes their displays seriously. Collaborating with visual artists to create mesmerizing installations, the quality of the output is often museum-worthy.
Mark Gagnon is an artist that Bergdorf has collaborated with frequently in the past decade. Gagnon’s colorful figures and reliefs are created with resin-coated paper maché.
Many of the themes around his installations deal with the female psyche such as this one from 2011 entitled Phobias:
And Mother’s Day in 2008:
In additional to making three-dimensional objects, Gagnon also creates paintings.
The best part of it all is that when an installation ends, a selection of the pieces go up for sale on Gagnon’s website . . . how wonderful to think you could own a piece of art seen by tens of thousands at an iconic New York institution with just a click of your mouse!
(images via Mark Gagnon)