Pharrell X Murakami
May 8, 2010 Leave a comment
We’ve always known Pharrell Williams as one of the most influential musicians in streetwearstyle. Pharrell has recently proved that he’s an artist to be reckoned with. He’s collaborated with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami on a one-of-a-kind artwork titled “The Simple Things”.
The Simple Things is anything but simple. The piece has managed to rake in more than $2 million at the prestigious Art Basel fair in Basel, Switzerland– no small feat in a globally-depressed economy. Taking almost two years to develop and produce, the sculpture sold within 20 minutes of the show’sopening and has now become a prime attraction for art lovers.
Takashi Murakami, the leader of the Japonism movement, artist, animation movies author and head of the Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd joined forces with the Grammy-winning musician, producer and designer, in offering a new perspective on a collection of “ordinary objects”. Murakami’s new sculpture uses his trademark character: “Mr. DOB,” whose mouth is wide open, revealing a set of sharp teeth. The monster is high on too much magic mushrooms. His open mouth protects Pharrell Williams’ seven favorite objects inside it. Seven things from Pharrell’s world includes a bottle of ketchup, a bag of Doritos, a condom wrapper, an Ice Cream sneaker, a bottle of Johnson’s baby lotion, a can of Pepsi and a Magnolia Bakery cupcake.