It has been an awesome adventure making the TV series "The Mask" with Henrik Lundqvist and all his guests in NYC. A dream project for sure!
To make the FDNY mask was very special. Not only the mask must look good, it must also be worthy.🗽
Me and Henrik talked a lot and brainstormed how to create it. I made drawings and we sent them back and forth. Both Henrik and me met the FDNY firefighters of the world famous team Rescue 1. A plan was crystallized how to create this piece.🚒
On one side is a tribute to the fallen heroes from 9/11, I made the painting of the firefighters raising the American flag.🇺🇸
Then the other side is a tribute to the Rescue 1 team, with their own firetruck called Outstanding driving out on new missions. Also a close up of the front of the truck with the truck´s name.🚒
One thing that was important to Henrik was also the phrase in the forehead of the mask ”Still We Rise”. And all over the mask it is so loaded with details to tell the story of the heroes of NYC.❤️
It was a truly honor to create this mask and something I will always keep in my heart. It was also extra special to meet the Rescue 1 firefighters in NYC. Me and my wife were also invited to the Rescue 1´s team 100 years anniversary in NYC. It was truly amazing to be there. Thank you Rescue 1 for inviting us.❤️
Here is more about this mask from www.msg.com :
"When Henrik sat down with some of the bravest people in New York, the New York City Fire Department, an amazing mask was bound to be created.
Henrik and the FDNY decided that this mask would be a tribute to the city they all call home. The mask features imagery of the New York City skyline, specifically, the Twin Towers, the Statue of Liberty, and the newly finished Freedom Tower. These buildings are a touching tribute to New York’s past and present.
The mask also has a 343 on the chin piece to honor those firefighters who lost their lives as a result of 9/11. The mask also has a "Rescue 1" 100th anniversary patch, and a Rescue 1 Fire truck. Henrik and the FDNY thought it was important to make sure the mask honored New York’s best and bravest."