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Listening to a concert in the open air of the Hollywood Bowl is an unforgettable experience that’s celebrated in Chisel & Mouse’s fine architectural sculpture. The 1929-vintage “shell” designed by Elliott, Bowen, Waltz is meticulously reproduced in the medium of resin plaster (free of toxic solvents) with a reassuring weight and cool smoothness. In their Sussex studio, British brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley employ both traditional plaster casting and computer-aided technology, hence the name Chisel & Mouse. Presented in a striking black gift box with an enclosed history of the structure, it’s an inspired gift for music fans or inveterate travelers.
CHISEL + MOUSE
“We wouldn’t presume to think of ourselves as artists,” Robert Paisley says. “We call ourselves draftsmen; the architect is the artist.” A bit of an understatement for Robert and brother Gavin, who fled an office-software business for their creative venture Chisel & Mouse. With both traditional plaster-cast methods (the “Chisel”) and today’s 3-D printing and computer-aided design (“Mouse”), not to mention Google Earth and satellite data, they turn out painstakingly accurate architectural models. The smooth white plaster replicas of such landmarks as the Bauhaus Dessau and New York’s Guggenheim Museum are stylish and also quite personal, adds Robert. “I love the idea of immortalizing a place that’s special to people.”