The Nutcracker: Then and Now

The Nutcracker: Then and Now

Dec 3, 2015

The Nutcracker Soldier

The Nutcracker Soldier

            The Nutcracker is such an important part of the holiday season both as the lovable toy and the gorgeous ballet.  For Grosh and our clients The Nutcracker tends to keep us focusing more on the ballet.  However, it is interesting to think about what the toy’s meaning and history is and how it inspired the ballet.

            According to German tradition, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to the family and protect the home.  The legend says that a nutcracker represents power and strength, guarding the family from danger.  A fierce protector, the nutcracker bares its teeth to the evil spirits and serves as the traditional messenger of luck and goodwill.  Since the 15th century, Nutcrackers have existed in the form of wooden carvings and have traditionally been formed into the shape of a soldier, knight, or king.

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Grosh has Creative Mojo

Grosh has Creative Mojo

Oct 6, 2011

Grosh’s Custom Department is made up of some amazingly talented artists who are always willing to flex their creative muscles for clients.  Sometimes this means creating an original backdrop for clients and other times, maybe something quite unexpected.  Grosh’s Lead Scenic Artist, Greg Viera shares with us what happens within Grosh’s artistic department.

Can you share with us some of the creative projects you have completed for clients that are not painted backdrops?

Greg: There are so many! Here are two different examples; one that is quite small in size compared to what we normally create and the other similar to backdrops in size. We painted a 5’ x7’ mural for a client that was to be mounted on a roller and then installed as a TV cover. When TV was not in use,  beautiful artwork was concealing the equipment behind it seamlessly. We painted a large mural on the outside of a building in downtown LA for HTC/Smuggler that was used as a backdrop in a TV commercial. It was painted to look as if it was created with paintball guns.

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