What follows in a press release written to document the Steve Macneil’s latest artistic endeavor of creating sculptures for Punta Mita hotel, Four Seasons, the premier resort of the Riviera Nayarit.
After two decades of creating functional works of art in the forms of custom furniture for interior design projects in Atlanta, artist Stephen MacNeil turns his talents south of the border. As a commission he designed ten sculptures for the Four Seasons Hotel in Punta Mita, Jalisco Mexico. Located just north of Puerto Vallarta on Banderas Bay, it is the premier resort of the Riviera Nayarit. The property will now be the permanent home for MacNeil’s collection. The majority of the sculptures are carved from Cantera Stone quarried in the center of the country. The resulting forms are tranquil reflections of the local flora.
MacNeil along with partner Walt Bilinski have been pleasing designers of the southeastern states since they first opened the doors of “No Mas! Productions” back in 1996. Their unique business has built a local reputation for offering one of a kind, or few of a kind pieces used in décor in residential homes and countless restaurants. From artistic furniture to beautiful lighting, everything their store offers is created at the hand of the Mexican artisan. “Through connections with local architects building homes in Mexico, we have been asked to work on various residential projects in Los Cabos and La Paz, but this new project is a first for us” states Bilinski.
The current installation stands apart as a milestone as it is their first fine art installation located in the country where the pieces were actually produced. As a requirement the owner of the Four Season stipulated that the art for the hotel must be made in Mexico. MacNeil as a part time resident of Puerto Vallarta presented concepts that were on the mark for the location. After reviewing the preliminary sketches the selection committee said “Steve’s passion for Mexico is obvious”. MacNeil explains “I tried to conceptualize the tranquility of the hotel while giving inspiration to the guests. The indigenous plants of the area are very interesting to new visitors and the works are all serene reflections of natural world one will encounter here”.
I tried to conceptualize the tranquility of the hotel while giving inspiration to the guests. The indigenous plants of the area are very interesting to new visitors and the works are all serene reflections of natural world one will encounter here