Guac Solo: How to Make Your Own
Elina Shatkin | February 10, 2009
In our ongoing quest to be the No. 1 provider of hyper-local guacamole-related news, we noticed that Guac Bowl 2009 runner-up Rob Saccenti, who wowed crowds with his "He's No Guac to Me Dead" sculpture, has posted a step-by-step guide that explains how he created his amazing life-size replica of Han Solo encased in guacamole. It helps that Saccenti is an art department pro, but even an amateur--given enough plywood, chicken wire, avocados, and willpower--could build Guac Solo.
Photo: Rob Saccenti kisses his creation, Guac Solo.
SITE OF THE DAY: GUACBOWL.COM
Featured a photo of my "GuacAlien" and mentions my life-size Han Solo in Carbonite Guac.
HAN SOLO ENCASED IN GUACAMOLE IS A DELICIOUS TWIST ON STAR WARS
By Adam Frucci | Feb 13, 2009
This gigantic bowl of guacamole is titled "He's no guac to me dead." It contains 50 avocadoes worth of guac and one happy Han Solo.
The body was created using a plastic torso I found at a used mannequin/store display shop downtown. It only went down to the top of the thigh, so I had to build out the rest of his legs to the knees using molded chicken wire. The hands were tough... If I knew used male mannequin hands would be so tough to find on a whim, I would've used eBay. Given that I was running out of time, one hand was made using one of those articulated wooden artist's hands you can buy at an art store, and covered it in papier mache. The other hand, not nearly as nice, was foil covered in papier mache, and had to do for now.
GUAC BOWL 2009 CROWNS ITS KING
By Elina Shatkin | LA Times | Feb 2, 2009
"...Rob Saccenti, a 28-year-old art director who won last year's presentation award with a carefully detailed Guac Alien. Saccenti once again wowed spectators with "He's No Guac to Me Dead," a life-size replica of Han Solo encased in carbonite and guacamole..."
HE'S NO GUAC TO ME DEAD
By Pete Vilmur | Feb 9, 2009
Latimes.com reports the winners of Guac Bowl 2009 today, an annual event that attracts entries from guacamole aficionadoes. While “He’s No Guac to Me Dead” didn’t take this year’s Best Presentation Trophy (that went to an entry titled “Ms. Guac Man”), we think Rob Saccenti’s Han-in-carbonite creation is definitely double-dip-worthy.
From the story:
Saccenti once again wowed spectators with “He’s No Guac to Me Dead,” a life-size replica of Han Solo encased in carbonite and guacamole, but the only trophy his Guac Solo came close to winning was the Icarus Award.
Elina Shatkin | February 7, 2012
Held every year on Super Bowl Sunday, it's a private party with a large public following thanks to stunning entries like "Guac Solo," a life-sized replica of Han Solo encased in guacamole instead of carbonite.
Guac Solo creator Rob Saccenti won third place in Presentation for "The Guacket Launcher," a compressed-air-powered rifle that shot guacamole across the yard onto a tortilla chip at the center of a target. It also splattered guac everywhere, so the lower half of the patio had to be tarped.
GUAC BOWL'S BACK, AND CREAMIER THAN EVER
By Alysia Gray Painter | Feb 1, 2010
"Robert Saccenti poses with his Han Solo in guacamole, a popular 2009 entry. Adam Pava's Guac Bowl returns in 2010... Not only was there a full-scale Han Solo encased in carbonite (well, guacamole)... would "The Empire Strikes Back" have been quite as exciting if Han's pals could have helped him escape with a bag of chips and big appetites?"
By Bertrand Pellegrin | San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 26, 2011
"CBS' 'Big Brother' makes the most of small spaces, relying heavily on bold colors and oversize props as a backdrop. "That's the language 'Big Brother' speaks," says Robert Saccenti, an art director on the program. "Viewers understand and want it season after season."
Like the design of any space, form and function are critical, and a team of designers works to develop spaces that perform as well as they look. "We often put together a collage of different elements - color swatches, pictures of furniture and light fixtures - to give executives a feel for the space."