Artist Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS joins the balloon line-up of the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His balloon is in the shape of one of his most famous characters, Companion. ARTINFO visited KAWS in his Brooklyn studio and talked about his preparation for the parade.

KAWS is the latest artist in the holiday parade’s Blue Sky Gallery series, which invites renowned artists to create “flying art” for the Thanksgiving procession. “Since 2005, contemporary art has found a new home in our legendary line-up, bringing fine art masterpieces closer to millions of spectators,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of the parade. Tom Otterness, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and Takashi Murakami have all created balloons for the Blue Sky Gallery series. KAWS’ character Companion will be transformed into a balloon 40 feet long and 30 feet tall.




Companion at the entrance to the Standard Hotel