Puma Penguin Army Arrives- 12.17.09
They’re heeeeeeere!!! Meet the Puma Penguin Army that arrived yesterday. Sorry i lost a few hours of my day yesterday to unpacking the fort of 20 massive boxes that showed up. And then carefully pulling out each of its foamy filled box… only a few casualties. 1 poor orange guy totally shattered (we’ll consider him a sacrifice in the name of science to see what’s inside a Puma Penguin)… one green guy lost a foot (don’t worry he’s being superglued as you read)… another orange guy has a special sunburst like color fade with a cracked neck (watching him carefully to make sure not to snap his head off!).
Need a little background story? Haven’t walked by a Puma store this season? Well Puma’s window and instore displays internationally have these incredible life size plastic penguins around. And they are simple beautifully designed glossy little statues. For those of you who , you know I’ve been obsessing over them since Stockholm. And then every time i walk past the Santa Monica store. They are truly one of the awesomest window displays i’ve ever seen. Awesome enough that i couldn’t help reaching out to Puma in hopes of telling their story and begging to buy one. And then 20 showed up.
PUMA - i just have to say, you guys are amazing. Like, best christmas present ever amazing. THANK YOU! Now that being said ~ go see the many photos of where i first spotted these guys, how they arrived, and just how fun they are en masse. Now the question is, what to do with them???
To start from the beginning ~ i first fell for these guys in Stockholm walking past a Puma Store window…
Then back in Santa Monica, i couldn’t help taking pics of them when my friend was shoe shopping… it was here that i first poked at it and picked one up even.
… too cool with the sunglasses.
Somewhere in between here, i started begging Puma to figure out how to get a penguin or two ~ couldn’t possibly let these awesomely cool window displays go to waste! They are so beautifully designed!!! It was then that i found out they were plastic! Initially i even wondered if they might be lacquered wooden penguins. Apparently there are about 2700 of these guys around the world…
Then two days ago, walking past the Santa Monica store again ~ noticed the displays changed…
And then yesterday… 20 giant boxes arrived.
In each box is a penguin!!!!!!!!
And you know me, i couldn’t help but line them all up and take lots of pics…
… rearrange them all, and take more pics… (really, i think i’m finally understanding the need for a photo assistant, it takes a lot of time and energy to move 20 penguins around! I can’t even imagine trying to make a stop action video with them all… yet.)
So remember that giant 3L Veuve Clicquot Yellowboam? Well the size and color of the orange penguins was so close i couldn’t resist posing them together… also stuck one of the broken feet with the bottle… (then photoshopped a second one for symmetry!)
Ok here’s the sad more scientific part… these are the two broken penguins! And the crazy plasticy-ness smelled like marzipan. I kid you not. Yes, it could be toxic to ingest, no i didn’t taste it!
So for those with a morbid or product design curiosity ~ here’s what’s inside!
And don’t worry the green one is being saved! Super glue to the rescue!
And here’s the hardest part ~ what to do with all of these penguins? We certainly need to keep a few as NOTCOT mascots around the office, so tempted to drive around with a few in my car for spontaneous photoshoots in unexpected locations… Other ideas that have come up ~ find artists who love them as much as i do and let them go to town on them ~ take them to a car paint shop and lets get them some crazy new glossy paint jobs ~ have them travel the world (though i’m worried about shipping them back and forth too much after some barely survived) ~ so, i’m open to thoughts, suggestions, ideas ~ help!
And i don’t think i can say thank you enough ~ Puma, you have blown my mind. It will be pretty hard for another delivery to get me as giddy as this one!