This is a real photograph of Lyska with her sister.
  • This is a real photograph of Lyska with her sister.

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If you want to make a life-size statue of a Russian giantess who died more than a hundred years ago, most likely of an exploding heart, it helps to find out that German scientists recorded her exact measurements; this way you can build her exactly, to specifications.

That's how Seattle artist Patty Grazini began in making her exhibition, now at Curtis Steiner in Ballard, dedicated to the life of the real-life giantess Elizabeth Lyska.

I write about it in this week's paper; you can read the rest here. (More pictures there and on the jump here.)

The entire exhibition is made of paper. Everything. All of it. Patty Grazinis paper sculptures represent objects from the giantesss life, with stories written (based on biographical facts) by Grazinis son.
  • The entire exhibition is made of paper. Everything. All of it. Patty Grazini's paper sculptures represent objects from the giantess's life, with stories written (based on biographical facts) by Grazini's son.

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The perfume designed for her. (Imagined.)
  • The perfume designed for her. (Imagined.)

A detail of a bracelet, with the faces of those watching the crucifixion.
  • A detail of a bracelet, with the faces of those watching the crucifixion.

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