Artsy: Can you talk us through the process and production behind a work like this one?
D.O.C.: For my first version of Cherry Meltdown, the process started over a year and a half ago with a collector asking for six large Meltdowns (Blow Pops) for the garden of his house in Spain. That project is still ongoing. For this version of Cherry Meltdown [in Venice], the process began with a 3D scan of one of my UV cast resin sculptures to ensure an exact mold would be made. Next, I received samples of the finished surface. I wanted the stainless steel to have almost a plastic appearance, withstanding the elements of weather and sunlight.
I flew to New York a number of times to oversee the the first incarnation of the nine-foot sculpture: the casting of parts and the assembly and welding of the stainless steel. We needed to make sure that the drainage of rainwater would run off the base of the puddle of the Meltdown and not pool at the bottom of the sculpture: things you don’t usually need to consider when making smaller indoor sculptures. Next was the engineering of the six-foot pole. After six months of work, the final piece looks and feels like an exact enlargement of my original sculpture.