About 4 1/2 years back I worked for a company that built all kinds of things for the entertainment industry. One day my boss comes over and says “hey, you know how to sculpt right? Come on over and give us a hand with this” That ‘hand’ turned out to mean for me to do 90% of the final sculpting. It was this big chair thing made of swords for some new HBO show coming out. They said it was called Game of Thrones. I thought, “well that sounds lame.” Every once in a while some guy from HBO would come by to have a look at the progress. He seemed so stoked. It was a good hard week of work in the dead of winter in a warehouse with no heat, and I was sculpting it from hard foam so it was a nightmare working with the foam dust in the air and covering everything. I don’t know if people know this but the scan we got from the original metal sculpture had a sword point coming out of the seat. So it seams you were supposed to stab yourself in the butt when sitting on it. I had to remove that bit seeing as this was originally meant to be a replica taken to various shows and conventions to promote the show. It had to be safe to sit in.
It turned out pretty great. I took some pictures while I was working on it and it seems my hand makes an appearance on the ufunk.net site where you can read the article about it. That guy in the plaid shirt isn’t me, that must be the guy who made the cast or the painter. You can order one for yourself now from the HBO store for a mere 30 grand. Yikes! If you should ever see one of these replicas in person, make sure to take a good look around it. You might just find someones initials carved in a few places 😉