The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Nets an Exclusive Butterfly Sculpture Exhibit

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A unique exhibit of 55 metal butterflies is being showcased at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The butterflies are custom designed and painted by artist Tom Simmons and will be on display at the resort until January 2014.

Butterflies at The Ritz-Carlton

Our guests thoroughly enjoy the diverse art exhibits we feature each quarter in our Art Exhibit Space.

A unique exhibit of 55 metal butterflies is being showcased at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The butterflies are custom designed and painted by artist Tom Simmons and will be on display at the resort until January 2014.

“Our guests thoroughly enjoy the diverse art exhibits that we feature each quarter in the resort’s Art Exhibit space,” says Director of Marketing Donna Bond. “I anticipate the butterfly exhibit to be one of the favorites to date as is not only extremely unique, but it directly ties back to the area, which was once a breeding ground for the Monarch Butterfly,” she added.

Simmons began painting custom cars and motorcycles in the 60’s and won numerous awards, including Best Paint at the most prestigious show of the time, The Oakland Roadster Show. Over the years, Simmons moved to airbrushing custom designs on motorcycles, helmets and bare metal. Recently, he applied his decades of custom painting experience and knowledge to creating unique butterfly sculptures.

Each butterfly is custom designed and painted, using a multi-step process, beginning with each set of butterfly wings being cut from a piece of bare aluminum. A grinding disk is used to create a distinctive pattern on the bare aluminum, giving the wings a unique texture before painting. This also creates a highly reflective finish once the multiple combinations of colors are applied. The wings are airbrushed, using candy color paint (bright transparent), and layered with several coats, often using multiple colors. Some butterflies have Metajuls, pearls and ice pearls applied over the base coat, which adds a dramatic reflective nature. The wings are sanded, buffed and polished to a high luster. The body, which is machined from a solid piece of aluminum, is painted and attached to the finished wings, using the slots cut with a Milling machine for a custom fit. The butterflies can be mounted on a wall using a specially designed bracket or displayed on a custom base. No two butterflies are exactly alike, and each butterfly is numbered and signed.

The butterflies are available for purchase. For further information and pricing, visit butterflyartandsculptures.com.

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About The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. As the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury, the resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years, but is proud to boast earning AAA Five Diamond status for the 28th year, the longest in California. For additional information or reservations at the resort call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit the web site at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 80 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at http://www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.

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