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KAWS:HOLIDAY giant inflatable arrives in Singapore as part of world tour

The creator of KAWS hopes for families to feel more relaxed like the artwork in these stressful times.

Charlotte Chang
Charlotte Chang

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Published: 13 November 2021, 5:10 PM

UPDATE: The KAWS:HOLIDAY exhibition will reopen on Nov 16. Find out more here

From Nov 14 to 21, KAWS:HOLIDAY SINGAPORE will be open to the public free of charge at The Float at Marina Bay.

This is KAWS:HOLIDAY’s seventh stop in its world tour as part of its long-time collaboration with AllRightsReserved.

Since 2018, KAWS’ HOLIDAY has travelled to Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom and even outer space.

Now adorning the Singapore landscape of Marina Bay Sands to Clarke Quay, the 42m-long artwork depicts KAWS’s signature character, Companion, lying down on the field as it hugs a miniature version of itself. 

 

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You can try lying down on the grass, imitating the artwork’s pose (preferably on a dry day). PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SYLVESTER EDWIN

 

Upon closer inspection, you might realise that instead of a physical statue, the artwork is in fact inflatable, and almost resembles a bouncy castle.

At a time where the world is in a very stressful situation, Brian Donnelly, the creator of KAWS, came up with the artwork to represent families relaxing comfortably, just like floating in a pool, hence the artwork’s location at The Float.

 

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Brian Donnelly (left to right) and S.K. from AllRightsReserved in front of the artwork to celebrate its opening to the public. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CHARLOTTE CHANG

 

Apart from the inflatable artwork, KAWS:HOLIDAY also has exclusive merchandise for sale online, including their trademark vinyl figures for USD$285 (S$385).

 

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Each figure is 10.5 inches long and they come in three colours. PHOTO CREDIT: ALLRIGHTSRESERVED

 

Other merchandise include a fan made of paper and bamboo for USD$30 (S$40), a tank top available in two designs for USD$50 (S$68), and a camping set consisting of a foldable table and chair for USD$750 (S$1,015).

Companion and his mini buddy will only be here for a week, so do come down quick to catch the gentle giant.


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