Every year, legions of people from around the nation flock to NYC for a little Thanksgiving time with friends & family. During this busy holiday weekend, one of the traditions is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. The day before the parade, tens of thousands visit the staging area to observe the balloon inflation ceremony next to the American Museum of Natural History. This year, AM surfed the crowds to catch the inflation of the Companion balloon (here & here) created by KAWS. This 40 foot feat of art [...]
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Come later next month, those who will be watching the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will see KAWS’ iconic Companion character float by as a 40-foot-long balloon. More than 30 people have worked on the inflatable figure over a period of roughly seven months make into reality the concept sketch we showed you back in May. Like many of his recent 3D creations, the giant figure will be covering his eyes shyly. As one of only five living artists (the others being Takashi Murakami, Tim Burton, [...]
Following in the tradition of other artists (Takashi Murakami & Tim Burton) who have had their iconic characters blown up for the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, street turned contemporary artist KAWS will have the honor the next time the event comes around. The huge balloon (40 feet long, 34 feet wide and 30 feet tall) will be in the shape of his Companion figure covering his face with its gloved hands, as if he were ashamed or crying in a pose inspired by Rodin’s [...]
For those of you waking up to enjoy Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, keep you eyes out for a balloon from director, artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer Tim Burton, whose retrospective exhibition recently showed at the LACMA. Last year, it was Takashi Murakami who grabbed the attention of art-loving parade-goers, this year it will be this B. Boy inflatable made from (according to the cover story created by Burton) the leftover balloons used in children’s parties at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Frankenstein’s monster-style. Happy Thanksgiving! Concept [...]
When fall began, we kicked off coverage of Takashi Murakami’s concept to create two giant floats in the image of his beloved studio mascots Kaikai & Kiki for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Today, he wished us Happy Thanksgiving from New York as he surprised spectators by donning a flower costume rolling on a little float decorated with his famous “Jellyfish Eyes”. Check out Takashi-san’s creations owning Time Square after the jump!