Dashing Through New York, commissioned by RXR Realty in 2018, was a holiday arts exhibition by the School of Visual Arts. Standing in the main lobby and windows of 75 Rockefeller Plaza, the installation of nine themed sleighs brought a festive display of NYC pride to the holiday hotspot of the city –Rockefeller Center. Each sleigh in the exhibition began as a true vintage pony sled and was ultimately reimagined in the likeness of a New York City symbol.
Starting with a bare sled dating back to the late 1800s and working alongside designer Matthew Iacovelli, I designed and constructed a vintage yellow taxi sleigh, evocative of the iconic Checker cabs of the 1950s. The structure of the sled was reinforced and expanded, painted by hand, and adorned with custom upholstery and vinyl graphics.