KAWS COMPANION IS CRASHING THE MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

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The KAWS empire has taken one step closer to the moon. On August 25th, the MTV Video Music Awards are going to reveal a little upgrade.

The flag holding, Buzz Aldrin-inspired silhouette of nearly 30 years is receiving a temporary redesign by New York-based artist KAWS. The chrome MTV KAWS trophy is 13-inches tall, and riffing on the original it will present the Companion in a spacesuit, holding a flag with the MTV logo.

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MTV president Stephen Friedman says that the new KAWS figure was made special for the Brooklyn broadcast of the VMAs at the Barclay Center – so I guess this is a one shot deal. Brooklyn based KAWS artist, Brian Donnelly will also design a 60-foot-tall inflatable KAWS Moonman for the VMA stage.

You can check a cool 360 view of the KAWS statue here.

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It’s nice to see MTV doing something a bit more progressive in the arts arena – it’s been to long.

*photo credit: MTV / via MTV Buzzworthy

 

KAWS Companion Comes to Philly

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KAWS COMPANION COMES TO PHILLY

It has come to pass…the KAWS Companion has landed at 30th Street Station.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in collaboration with Amtrak bought the 16 foot-tall Companion sculpture to rest at 30th Station.

Kaws Companion will be there until May 14th, then it’ll be hauled away for some other city to enjoy. Lucky for us, it’s departure won’t signify the end, but the arrival of the KAWS Sculpture Plinth Exhibit at PAFA.

#PAFAKAWS

*image credit: Ginger Rudolph