Lower Manhattan's The Raven club lists sculpter Skye Ferrante's art as made to order, right off the bottle service menu. Whether he is at the club, flanked by his rainbow-haired body guards, or he is in the quiet comfort of his studio, Ferrante sculpts his models nude, using one continuous piece of wire. "I am in my nude period," he says. "It will last a while."
With your standard $3,895 bottle order in the Big Apple, you get a fancy sparkler in your bubbly and some unwanted friends in your section. But for $10,000, you get a naked model, a work of art and nine more of those sparklers spinning in the "Sparklerabra"—a Ferrante invention and an artwork in itself. Skye Ferrante begs us to ask the question: Are you buying the art or the attention?
AUTHORS: Dusan Sekulovic / Sara Rao / Justin Brooks / Gianclaudio Angelini