KAWS Shares His Iconic ‘Companion’ With The Self-Isolated Via Free AR App
By Thanussha Priyah, 19 Mar 2020
Image via KAWS
Street artist Brian Donnelly, who goes by his moniker KAWS, is bringing his public AR art project COMPANION (EXPANDED) to homes amid the novel coronavirus outbreak so people will less less alone.
The project initially involved bringing virtual versions of the artist’s iconic Companion figures to 12 cities around the world, including New York, Qatar, and Tokyo, through a public exhibition from 12 to 26 March 2020.
Understanding that fans would be staying at home instead of visiting the exhibits, KAWS has now made the artwork accessible to those confined indoors.
Through the Acute Art app, people from around the world can now unleash the character in any environment.
“Given the current situation with COVID-19, we do not encourage the gathering of people, but instead, propose that you enjoy this small version of COMPANION (EXPANDED) for free in the comfort of your own space,” KAWS announced in his latest Instagram post.
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Acute app update: We have updated the Acute Art app to include a free trial sculpture. For the last several months we have been working towards the release of this app and really looking forward to having AR sculptures placed globally where we can invite people to experience and view them for free through our app. Given the current situation with COVID-19 we do not encourage the gathering of people at these locations but rather you enjoy this small version of COMPANION (EXPANDED) for a free trial in the comfort of your own space. Acute Art and I are completely overwhelmed and thankful for the way this project has been embraced and we love seeing all the photos being uploaded so please keep them coming... THANK YOU!! STAY SAFE!! KAWS / Acute Art @acuteart_ @KAWS #KAWSxAcute #KAWS #EXPANDEDHOLIDAY
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[via artnet News, cover image via KAW]
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