My Giant Russian Nesting Dolls Display

 Soccer-Themed Russian Nesting Dolls by Thaneeya McArdle, on display at Tai Po Mega Mall in Hong Kong

A couple months ago I was invited to design several Russian nesting dolls for a large display at Tai Po Mega Mall in Hong Kong. With the 2018 World Cup taking place in Russia, the client asked me to create 4 soccer players in the shape of Russian nesting dolls for a Soccer Fever display, which they then transformed into 3-D life-sized dolls! Above and below you can see the dolls, which stand 6 feet tall!

 Soccer-Themed Russian Nesting Dolls Soccer Players Designed by Thaneeya McArdle

In addition to the 4 soccer players, they also turned 2 of my matryoshka designs into real-life dolls that stand 5 feet tall! 

 Life-Sized Russian Nesting Dolls Designed by Thaneeya McArdle

If you're familiar with my Folk Art Coloring Book, you'll recognize the Russian nesting doll above on the left, hee hee. 😊 They also asked me to design a second doll using the same patterns but with different colors, which you can see above right and below.

It's incredibly cool to see my 2-dimensional drawings turned into actual 3-D dolls. I'm amazed at how well they transferred my designs onto these huge surfaces!

All 6 dolls are decorated with my designs on every side, as you can see in this image:

 Russian Nesting Doll Designed by Thaneeya McArdle   

I wish I could see these dolls in person, but I'm grateful that they've sent me so many awesome pics so it feels like I'm there!

My Russian dolls are part of a large installation at Tai Po Mega Mall, with a stage and large TV screen on one end and an interactive digital game on the other end. On the large screen they air World Cup matches and on the playing field they host games and competitions for kids.

 2018 Soccer-Themed Display at Tai Po Mega Mall in Hong Kong

In the pics above and below you also see my Russian dolls and soccer players in the large banners hanging from the ceiling!

 2018 Soccer-Themed Display at Tai Po Mega Mall in Hong Kong

Here are some more views of the 2018 Soccer Fever installation at Tai Po Mega Mall in Hong Kong.

 2018 Soccer-Themed Display at Tai Po Mega Mall in Hong Kong

It's great to see this space being enjoyed by all ages!

 2018 Soccer Celebrations at Tai Po Mega Mall in Hong Kong

In addition to the life-sized dolls and banners, they also incorporated my art and patterns throughout the display, such as the design surrounding this interactive screen:

 2018 Soccer Fever Interactive Game at Tai Po Mega Mall in Hong Kong
 My bio on display in the Soccer Fever 2018 Installation at Tai Po Mega Mall in Hong Kong

Here's a close-up of my bio that appears on right side of the image above.

If you're in the area, please stop by Tai Po Mega Mall to check out this installation! You can even take a selfie with the dolls. If you do, I'd love to see a pic! 😊

Working on this project has been a fun experience. Since I normally create 2-D art, it's exciting to see how my art looks in a 3-D format. 

One last thing... from now til July 15, if you spend over HK$600 at Tai Po Mega Mall you can collect a free gift featuring my artwork - a sports towel or a water bottle, shown below! These free gifts are only available while supplies last. 😃

 Tai Po Mega Mall Premiums featuring the art of Thaneeya McArdle

Thanks for reading & I'll catch ya next time!