Renowned American artist and designer KAWS (aka Brian Donnelly) unveiled a new public art installation in China’s cold northeast border as part of his KAWS: HOLIDAY tour.
The monumental artwork features two of KAWS ‘Companion figures in the form of giant statues made of snow. It is located on Changbai Mountain in northeast China’s Jilin Province, along the Sino-Korean border.
KAWS ‘Seemingly Abominable Snowman-Inspired’ Companion ‘Sculpture at Changbai Mountain Marks Eighth Stop on KAWS: HOLIDAY Tour, After Exhibitions Last Year in UK, Taiwan, Japan, Korea , Hong Kong, Singapore and even in space.
“This place in Changbai Mountain is such an amazing environment, and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to show my work here,” KAWS told Hong Kong-based Hypebeast, adding, “With all the challenges that people are facing all over the world, I think it’s a very important time to have public art.
The “certified-cool” exhibition is launched in partnership with Hong Kong-based design studio AllRightsReserved (ARR) and is supported by US outerwear company The North Face. For those who live in China and want to visit the latest exhibition of the KAWS: HOLIDAY tour (and hit the slopes of Changbai Mountain, we hope), the snow sculpture will be on display at the Changbaishan Luneng Resort from January 6 to 16.
For those who have not followed KAWS ‘artistic exploits overseas over the past two decades, you may be surprised to learn that he is not a newcomer to the Chinese art space.
In 2018, KAWS launched 26-foot-tall bronze sculptures of two of its iconic figures, “Companion” and “BFF,” in the Chinese city of Changsha.
The following year, he released a 115-foot-long inflatable sculpture of the character “Companion” on the surface of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong.
And perhaps most memorable: In June 2019, Chinese shoppers went completely crazy over the release of the UNIQLO UT x KAWS Special Edition T-shirts, with skirmishes between buyers and more than one store mannequin left shaken. by the crowd.
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