- Irene Bagach
Saks Fifth Avenue Unveils One Of The Largest Diamond Sculptures In The World
This originally appeared on the Gotham website.
This one-of-a-kind, 517-carat diamond sculpture is an exclusive collaboration between Brendan Murphy and Johnathan Schultz that will dazzle you away.
‘Frozen with Desire’ is the latest groundbreaking work in Brendan Murphy’s iconic ‘Boonji Spaceman’ sculpture series. And it’s perfect for the holiday season. *Cue Mariah Carey*
Brendan Murphy is a widely known contemporary artist whose work is represented in over 600 private collections. His works' universal appeal pushes the walls of creativity beyond the confines of the canvas exploring sculptural works, conceptual pieces, a wide range of rare materials, and producing his art with non-traditional methods.
South African artist, Johnathan Schultz is inspired by precious metals and diamonds, two of the country’s most valued natural resources. He integrates these different mediums along with other precious stones and artifacts into fabulous works of art that are not only mesmerizing but have a back-story of hope, diversity, and the ultimate rise over obstacles.
His passion for innovation is matched by his fascination with contemporary art and the way art communicates universally. Amidst all his projects, Johnathan’s goal is unchanging: to make the impossible a reality.
The 42-inch groundbreaking sculpture features 517-carats of diamonds and stands as the world’s second most diamond-intensive artwork ever made.
The piece will be on display at Saks Fifth Avenue in The Vault, the lower level dedicated to high fine jewelry and watches, starting Friday, November 5 through Friday, January 7. We know where we’ll be all winter long. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
Differentiated by its remarkable diamond count, ‘Frozen with Desire’ boasts over 6,200 responsibly-sourced D to H diamonds with VS plus clarity, set in a 1,809-gram platinum cast.
Taking almost twelve months to complete, the dazzling spaceman features a unique cobalt blue finish adorned with Murphy’s signature formulas imbuing the piece with the spirit of hope, discovery, and positivity synonymous with the artist’s ‘Boonji Spaceman’ series.
Schultz has further pushed the limits by fusing platinum and diamonds to blend the worlds of art and jewelry and added his distinctive and individual stamp to the Spaceman series.