VIDEO: KAWS Adapts His "Companion" Character to the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Street artist KAWS
(Still from ARTINFO)

As the familiar characters at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade have been joined by the oversized creations of Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, and other contemporary artists, visitors have likely been watching with anticipation for what the art world will contribute this year. This year revelers will peer at the giant inflatable version of street artist and designer KAWS’s quirky cartoon character “Companion” (which has already received much buildup on New York City subways). ARTINFO dropped by KAWS’s studio to talk about taking his ambiguous figures off their pedestals and canvases into the sky.