The 37-meter-long KAWS: HOLIDAY inflatable sculpture will say goodbye to Hong Kong fans today after ‘relaxing’ in Victoria Harbour since last Friday. It will leave two days ahead of the original schedule due to the bad weather forecasted.
The inflatable version of American street artist KAWS’ iconic character Companion is the largest sculptural endeavour by KAWS to date, bigger than the previous two stops of the Asia tour. Companion’s Asia tour kicked off last year with the first two stops in the Seokchon Lake in Seoul, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, before it arrived in Hong Kong.
AllRightsReserved, organiser of the show, said on social media on thursday that March 29 will be the last day of the show due to the upcoming unstable weather. The sculpture will be taken off from public viewing 'to avoid any unnecessary circumstances of KAWS: HOLIDAY, as well as to ensure the safety of marine staff'.
For those who missed the show, here are other amazing KAWS events happening concurrently with Hong Kong Arts Month to light up the gloomy day.
KAWS: ALONG THE WAY｜HOCA Foundation
Date: 25 March - 14 April 2019
Venue: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
The show brings the artist's most iconic works, including a rich array of design figures, paintings, sculptures, and pieces never exhibited in Hong Kong. The exhibition takes over both indoor and outdoor spaces of PMQ, with a sizeable, 5.5-metre-tall sculpture: ALONG THE WAY (2013) greeting visitors in the courtyard.
NIGOLDENEYE® Vol. 1｜Sotheby's Hong Kong Spring Auction
Dates: 29 March - 1 April 2019
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Meanwhile, Sotheby’s Hong Kong teams up with Japanese entrepreneur NIGO to present over 30 artworks and collectibles from his personal collection including artworks by KAWS. The viewing takes place in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 29 March - 1 April 2019.
Highlights include a set of five figures produced in 2002 by OriginalFake, Bapesta FS-029 KAWS Chompers and The KAWS Album.
KAWS｜The KAWS Album｜Estimate: HK$6,000,000 - 8,000,000
Bapsta X KAWS｜Bapesta FS-029 KAWS Chompers｜Estimate: HK$1,000-1,500 (for both yellow/green and green/black)
KAWS｜Untitled (Astro Boy) ｜Estimate: HK$600,000 - 800,000
KAWS｜Untitled (Kimpsons)｜Estimate: HK$4,000,000-6,000,000
KAWS｜Kimpsons Series｜Estimate: HK$4,000,000-6,000,000
*More details about NIGO sales here: NIGO Comes Back to Sotheby’s with Another Sale from His Personal Art Collection