Mel has been unwavering in his pursuit of large-scale commissions for public buildings. Still, he was adaptable when House & Garden found his Web site and wanted to feature the work. Mel shares how he landed the feature:
“A person researching ‘products’ to include in H&G’s holiday shopping guide found my web site and requested printed images of my work for their editor to review. Immediately concerned that the large scale of my work would prove inappropriate, I quickly developed works based on my Stones mobiles scaled for "residential" spaces and priced at $1,500+. (At the time I was contacted my lowest priced Stones mobile was $5,000.) I shipped overnight several high-resolution ink-jets. The editor then requested that I ship three pieces for photography. Fortunately, I sent a piece that fit into their concept for a two-page, black & white spread!”
Did you catch that?
Not only did Mel realize this was a can’t-miss opportunity, he went above and beyond to accommodate the format of the magazine.
Image credit: Mel Ristau, Black Stones. Aluminum, stainless, and enamel, 30 x 36 x 36 inches.