26 Aug 2016
Artist Daniel Edwards Pokes Celebrity Sports Figure Michael Phelps with Son Boomer in ‘Virtual Reality Monument’
Having been a fan of sculptor, artist, and pop culture trickster Daniel Edwards for well over a decade now (I think I interviewed him for my old podcast way back in 2005!), it’s always a treat to see what shenanigans he will come up with next. His latest project, announced this past week is called the “First Virtual Reality Monument” will open to the public at Irv Art at 206 South Audubon Road in Indianapolis in November of 2016.
According to Edwards, through specialized headgear, viewers can interact with the larger-than-life Olympian. The First Virtual Reality Monument features Michael Phelps, clad in speedos and USA-emboldened-swim cap, standing steadfastly akimbo with feet planted shoulder-width on an Olympic-style podium. His chin is up with a determined gaze reminiscent of recent Phelps memes.
In typical Edwards fashion to go a little whacky, Phelps’ son Boomer, supported by a child harness across Dad’s chest in place of a gold medal, holds open arms as if sweetly welcoming his auspicious future.
“I intended to monumentalize Michael Phelps’s athletic dominance and prevalence over inner-demons,” Edwards says. “Contrasting Ryan Lochte’s unfortunate actions in Rio, I find it especially important to commemorate Phelps’s growth and maturity.”
Boomer Phelps, the cute three-month-old ‘mascot’ of the Rio games, was present as his father won six medals. “I don’t recall the emergence of such an adorable breakout star as baby Boomer at the Olympics before,” added Edwards. “All of the pics on Boomer’s Instagram page provided plenty of inspiration for his portrait.”
The “First Virtual Reality Monument” will open to the public at Irv Art at 206 South Audubon Road in Indianapolis in November.
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