Go Beyond the Wall With These 'Create for the Throne' Props

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Create for the Throne celebrates the GoT fan art community and tasked 18 artists with creating art inspired by 18 different props. Here’s how Shintaro Okamoto carved the Night King out of ice; Sarah Symes reconstructed Jon’s Lord Commander cloak; Kris Kuksi built a dragon glass case worthy of the King in the North; and Brooklyn Neon illuminated the words of the Brotherhood for the North of the Wall Collection.

White Walker Ice Sword

Artist: Okamoto Studio | Ice Carver | New York, New York

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THE PROCESS

“It was natural to sculpt the Night King himself out of real ice. I spent hours studying the reference images and rewatching the show. First, I had to get the dimensions to match with the sword and calculate the build plan with ice blocks. Then I figured out how the sculpture would hold the sword safely and stably for the final pose. Before the cutting began, the ice blocks were stacked and I drew onto the surface. About 70 percent of the carving was done with an electric chainsaw; the rest was done with chisels and saws. The series of die grinders with specialized bits were used for specific textures and the face.”

THE CHALLENGE

“Ice is fragile and evanescent so the biggest challenge was the commitment to getting the details right: the dimples of the armor, the curvatures, facial expression and the horns of the Night King. It was important to capture it all to satisfy the audience.”

Jon Snow’s Lord Commander Cloak

Artist: Sarah Symes | Textiles | Highlands, British Columbia

The artwork is five feet tall and three feet wide honoring the proportion of the cloak.

The artwork is five feet tall and three feet wide honoring the proportion of the cloak.

THE DETAILS

“My first response was to simply reimagine the cloak on a canvas, but I pushed myself to make a piece of art that embodied the cloak and the powerful and complex stories of the Night’s Watch. At first glance, the composition of my work is black versus white, representing the Night’s Watch versus whatever lies beyond the Wall. It is also layered with locations in the landscape. The fragments of black are the rangers, builders and stewards. The fragments of white are the White Walkers. The cold, deep blues represent the frozen landscape in the dark night. The pink accent color is the watery winter sunset representing warmth and hope.”

THE CHALLENGE

“The biggest challenge in bringing the concept to life was working with the heavy, hairy materials of the cloak. It was important to me to represent the cloak authentically by including all of its fabrics and the buckle. My solution for transforming the materials of the cloak into a captivating piece of art was to juxtapose them with other hand-dyed fabrics.

“I used pour-and-splash dye techniques that left marks similar to the dirt on the cloak. Seen from a distance, I wanted the patchwork of fabrics to speak to the viewer with one cohesive voice, but stand alone up close. I overcame the challenges of this project by seeking truth, instead of beauty.”

Dragon Glass Daggers

Artists: Kris Kuksi | Mixed Media Assemblage | Lawrence, Kansas

THE INSPIRATION

“Observing such captivating quality in these simple props led me to consider presenting them as though they were hypothetically revered as sacred relics. An immediate idea included an ornamental case in which they would be stored: A vessel which would guard them for transport as well as magnify their importance as the use of killing White Walkers. I began constructing the core shape out of wood. Over the next few weeks details were added such as embossed decorative paper, wood appliqués, small figurines and ultimately a painted finish to look as though it is representative of the winter.”

THE CHALLENGE

“Making a functioning component of artistic cabinetry involves a little more focus on the practicality of its use. It was challenging to be mindful of any decorative elements that were purely for the visual aspects so not to complicate the use of the moving parts involved.”  

Beric’s Flaming Sword

Artist: Precision Neon | Neon | Brooklyn, New York

THE PROCESS

“It's always interesting to see behind the curtain of TV magic. The original design required some finesse in order to make it ‘neonable.’ We spent a good amount of time figuring out how to configure the wiring, but once the logistics were worked out it was smooth sailing. Our design was incredibly complex and required our most skilled benders to nail the intricacies of the lettering while maintaining its structural integrity —  it was an exciting challenge to say the least.”

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