KAWS Companion for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
KAWS will join the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with his ever popular Companion. Wall Street Journal provided an early look at the ballon that will be in monotone colors.
More than 30 people have worked on the balloon over a period of roughly seven months, including those in Sioux Falls who hand-painted every inch. “Brian came in and made some revisions on the model,” says Piper, “on the ears and also on the Xs on the hands and the eyes.” In August, instructions for inflating the balloon were already sitting beneath the model, which was suspended by aircraft cable from a cane-shaped model stand. Points of inflation were all mapped out. The final steps read: “Allow head to rise” and “Fly KAWS tipped at about a 45-degree angle.” It brought to mind an image of an artist literally lifting off the ground and ascending. “It’s definitely the most massive piece I’ve ever done,” says Donnelly.