KAWS ‘Companion (Passing Through)’ at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia

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  • 8 Years ago
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PAFA, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in collaboration with Amtrak, has arranged for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station to be the next location to host KAWS’ popular, 16-foot Companion (Passing Through) sculpture. First seen in Hong Kong, Companion has also traveled to New York; The Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; The High Museum, Atlanta; and The Modern, Fort Worth.

For those of you that don’t know, KAWS introduced the now famous Companion in 1999 as a seven and three-quarter-inch limited edition toy featuring KAWS’ signature inflated skull and crossbones, with a skinny-legged Mickey Mouse body. KAWS chose Mickey Mouse after a search for the most recognizable and international character in the cartoon world to “take down.” Since then, the Companion has grown in scale and now features the iconic figure sitting down and covering its face with white-gloved hands. Living Proof Magazine was on hand to document the festivities, which saw a large crowd gather to see the famed artist speak about the piece. VIA HIGHSNOB

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“LIVE FAST DIE FLY” Nick Reed is not the typical New Orleans native. Even with an B.A. in Journalism and Creative Writing from Xavier University, it has been said that he was always different. Through fashion and creative writing Nick has always found a way to express himself. He is the owner of So Authentic promotional group and was a former Editor-in chief of the Xavier Herald. Over the past few years he and partner Yoey Yo have developed My HELL OF A LIFE and GFC clothing brand in hopes to change the world. Their main goal is to just make the world a little more fresh.

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