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KAWS has just taken to Instagram to unveil his first permanent sculpture in China. Built to celebrate the opening of Changsha IFS, south-central China’s latest gigantic shopping mecca, the Brooklyn-based artist poured eight tons of bronze into the epic piece that now perches above the venue’s sculpture garden.
Sleepless in Changsha… #KAWS #CSIFS @arr.allrightsreserved #China 📷 by @sklamallrightsreserved #Changsha
The sculptures KAWS has created are giant replicas of his Companion and BFF models made in collaboration with Medicom Toy. Weighing more than an elephant and measuring eight meters in height, the project took 301 days to complete, and the results are pretty impressive.
Fans based in China also have the opportunity to pass by the KAWS pop-up store, which features a bunch of behind-the-scenes images and videos taken during the sculpture’s creation, alongside limited edition SEEING/WATCHING merch that launched for exclusive pre-sale on April 26th.
Nobody seemed to care I was walking around the ledge… thanks #CSIFS and @arr.allrightsreserved ! #KAWS #Changsha #China
The “SEEING/WATCHING” release is the first of an ongoing series for Changsha IFS, who states that the new space will “promote art and cultural communications,” alongside the offered “shopping experiences.”
What do you think of the sculpture?
In other news, Barney’s New York just opened a Rick Owens retrospective.