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That said, Allen can’t always predict the success rate of a Reality piece, even if it captures the a-ha moment he’s looking for: His Chianti candleholder was discontinued by Areaware, as was the wine rack made of cast half-bottles. He suspects it was “too generic; the more outrageous a Reality object is, the more people like it.” This frog-shaped flower frog — used to anchor stems at the bottom of a roomy vase — was another failed experiment. “Areaware was pushing me to do more animals, and I like them to have a relationship to the object they become, like a piggy bank. We sold most of these to florists, but they never had general appeal because most people have no idea what a frog is. I always loved it, though.”