Stephen Wilkes – NY Day to Night Exhibit

Submitted by:
Richard Jackson
Hance Partners/Image Craft

We were pleased to welcome photographer Stephen Wilkes, who flew in from his home base in Westport, CT to work with our master printers here at Hance Partners/Image Craft, in our Phoenix facility from August 17-19th.  Stephen came to work with us in creating match prints for four of his newest images in his incredible “New York: Day to Night” series of iconic New York cityscapes.  This amazing body of work includes views of Park Avenue, looking south towards the Met Life building and Grand Central Station, Gramercy Park, and a most breathtaking and absolutely intriguing image of Coney Island. Shown below is Stephen’s image of Central Park in winter.

Central Park - Stephen Wilkes

Day to Night in Central Park - Stephen Wilkes

Stephen’s Day to Night images are almost unbelievable when you realize that he spends up to 15 hours in a cherry picker lift truck making as many as 1,000 images throughout the day.  Through days and weeks of post production he not only chooses the exact place in time to illustrate the day to night transition, but also layers individual images that he made throughout the 15 hours on location into the final presentation, thus creating the perfect New York narrative and most stunning example of contemporary art.

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Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ celebrates the similarities and differences between various world cultures as expressed through music, which is universal. Open since April 2010, the MIM’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible to the public music, instruments, and images from every country in the world by offering its guests an incomparable interactive experience, a welcome and fun environment, dynamic programming and unique performances. 

With an interior designed to convey the graceful lines common to musical instruments, MIM is bright, open, and dramatic in scale. ICON Themed Environments, a division of Image Craft, worked with Gallagher & Associates in design development to create display prototypes which included wall panel systems, platforms, display casework, graphic panels, artifact armatures, dimensional signage, rail graphics, and integrated A/V.

After many years of collaborative work in the environmental display industry, the staff of ICON Themed Environments officially joined Image Craft in March of 2010.  For additional projects, please visit ICON’s web portfolio.