With toys becoming celebrities (cough, Buzz Lightyear, cough), “Everything is Awesome” being the anthem for a LEGO world (and let’s be honest everything is awesome!), it’s pretty clear that toys are taking over the world one piece at a time. If this is the case, then art is a great place to start. These larger than life size sculptures are a fun-filled oxymoron making our childhood dreams a big reality.
We can’t help but enjoy Jeff Koons’s big shiny “Balloon Dog.” As you look into your reflection in this large metal sculpture, you are whisked back to memories of the birthday parties you attended as a child.
Who wouldn’t want a stuffed animal the size of a building?! Florentijn Hofman “The Big Yellow Rabbit” is a 42-foot tall stuffed animal made out of Swedish products thrown against the statue of Engelbrekt. If this isn’t a statement piece of how important toys are we don’t know what is.
Then there is the guerilla artist Ego Leonard with his giant Ego Leonard Legos. These giant Lego men have washed up on beaches in several cities across the world. They bring the mystery of where they came from, as well as smile.
The value of toys is much larger than we could ever imagine. These pieces break down the barriers between all ages and cultures. Let’s keep celebrating art through toys.
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