Client: Meti Basiri
Location: Cambridge, ON, Canada
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $20,000
Heather Kocsis Artist
An architectural wall-sculpture hand-built and carved with layers of wood, then bringing the layers and textures to life with oil paint, “The Persepolis,Tachara” resides in a private home that celebrates a cultural wonderment in a very personal expression for the client. With dimensions measuring H 74 cm x W 124 cm x D 36 cm, the artwork is positioned in direct sightline from the home’s main entrance to the opposite wall of 75 feet. The lighting of the artwork is imperative to showcase the dimensionality of the work and to create a glow.
The Client envisioned a powerful statement piece that honoured his heritage and to celebrate his personal accomplishment of his journey from a young immigrant to a co-founder and CEO of an phenomenally successful global company with his brothers.
Creating a timeless custom artwork begins with a relationship. The foundation of honouring one's emotional connection to a place is understanding and communication.
I initially met my client in 2014. A few words how the collaboration began:
“Seven years ago, I walked into Heather’s studio and was beyond astonished by her talent. In that moment, I knew I wanted one of her masterpieces hanging in my living room someday. Fast forward to 2021, I asked Heather to build me the Persepolis. Why? 1. It’s a historical landmark close to my birthplace that holds emotional value and 2. I dreamt of having one of Heather’s custom pieces in my living room from the moment I first met her. I never gave up on imagining this dream becoming a reality and seven years later, here it is. Thank you Heather Kocsis for this phenomenal, one of a kind masterpiece.”- Meti Basiri
Research of the historical significance of the Tachara and then discussing the size and where the artwork will be positioned for the most impact was imperative to the collaboration process. Ongoing communication and process photographs were shared.
I also had to consider the depth of the artwork. To preserve the architectural elements, the perspective needed to be compressed without affecting the integrity of details.