The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has teamed up with Amtrak to bring Brooklyn-based artist KAWS’ 16-foot-tall sculpture Companion (Passing Through) to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station in University City.
The fiberglass and metal sculpture, a reimagining of Mickey Mouse, will make its Philadelphia debut on Thursday, April 11, and will remain on display until May 14.
Appearing first in Hong Kong in 2010 and more recently as a balloon in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, KAWS’ Companion (Passing Through) will face Walker Hancock’s iconic sculpture Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial — an effort to juxtapose the past with the present.
The dialogue of past and present will continue this fall at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with several of KAWS other works displayed amid PAFA’s collection of 19th-century American art.
In October, PAFA will also unveil a commissioned piece by KAWS for the opening of the Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Program. The Sculpture Plinth Exhibition program features a rotating series of sculptures designed for display on the façade above the front door of PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building on North Broad Street.
KAWS’ Companion (Passing Through) At 30th Street Station
Where: 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street
When: Thursday, April 11 to Tuesday, May 14
More info: www.pafa.org