- Disney is celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse
- To mark the anniversary of his creation, local artists were invited to give him a revamp
- The sculptures are displayed in Sandton City, but they will be making their way to Durban and Cape Town later in October
Mickey Mouse is turning 90 and to celebrate, ten local artists got the chance to let their imaginations run wild as they transform him into an African masterpiece.
The iconic mouse will be officially celebrating his big day on the 18th of November; however, Disney is holding multiple events around the world before then.
To mark the tremendous occasion back home, Disney Africa placed ten six-foot Mickey sculptures at Johannesburg’s Art Eye Gallery where ten lucky artists had the opportunity of a lifetime to transform him.
Briefly.co.za learned that Tyron Selmon, the gallery director, was thrilled to have his gallery involved in the festivities.
Disney International were the first one to approach Selmon to ask f he would be interested in working with them, and naturally, he couldn’t say no. It is Disney, after all.
Mickey Mouse has had a massive influence in pop culture globally and has been a part of many people’s childhood, no matter their age or where they are in the world.
News24 reports that the sculptures had arrived at the gallery completely devoid of any colour, so Selmon was itching to let the artists get to work and to see their ideas come to life.
Selmon went on to say that they like to showcase up-and-coming artists at the gallery and thought that there was no better way to give them exposure, than to get them involved in this project.
Nika Mtwana, one of the artists involved in the project, said that he was honoured to get the chance to show-off his art as well as getting the chance to meet other artists as they worked alongside each other.
While the all artists had just over two weeks to complete their artworks, Nika managed to finish his in seven days. Leaving him enough time to truly enjoy the experience.
When the sculptures were ready, they were unveiled at an exhibition held at Sandton City, where they will stay until the 14th of October.
After that, the sculptures will begin making their way around Mzansi, moving on to Durban and then to Cape Town
Do you have a story to share with us? Inbox us on our Facebook page and we could feature your story.
To stay up to date with the latest news, download our news app on Google Play or iTunes today.
Watch the animated video and head over to Briefly South Africa’s Youtube channel for more.