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Giant Versions of KAWS’ Popular Figures Make Their Debut at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On February 6, Brooklyn-based artist KAWS will make his UK museum debut in a big way–quite literally. His colossal sculptures will grace the outdoor grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, England. They'll include six wooden and fiberglass figures that stand between 6 and 10 meters tall, adding a playful pop culture twist to the natural scenery.

KAWS' characters–reminiscent of Disney's Mickey Mouse–often appear together, like a parent and child. Despite being born of fantasy, these sculptures convey human emotions thanks to their expressive body language. KAWS poses them with slumped shoulders and faces hidden in their hands, communicating feelings of lament and despair. At the same time, other figures comfort them and display moments of compassion.

The impressive sculptures are only one part of KAWS' exhibition. He will show over 20 works, including an indoor component of bright paintings displayed in the Longside Gallery. All pieces will be on view until June 12, 2016.

KAWS: Website | Instagram
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Photos by Jonty Wilde.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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