Shortly after I moved to Chicago, I stumbled upon this mural.Then one day I’m driving along Lake Shore Drive and I was completely mesmerized by these colorful sculptures. So I was overjoyed when the Chicago Cultural Center allocated an entire exhibit to showcase new works by the artist, Hebru Brantley! Then Michael Jordan opened a store on State Street and it’s decked out in Flyboy sculptures and the artist’s interpretation of Jordan. The art is even more engaging in person, so pop in next time you’re shopping in the area.Now I admire this piece on Wabash every time I go to Jewel. Brantley said the idea of the yellow-goggled, boy hero (Flyboy) was developed after he read one of his father’s books about the Tuskegee Airmen, with whom he developed an admiration. He started sketching and drawing images of the authentic and raw emotions of these goggle-eyed kids. He then infused them with pop culture and Japanese anime and this became one of Brantley’s signature styles. I feel so lucky to admire the pieces as I commute around town. Little did I know, luck would strike again this year at C2E2 as our paths crossed.
Hebru Brantley is internationally recognized for public works and exhibits in Chicago, London, Switzerland, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. His work has been collected by many notable collectors. And as of tomorrow morning, we can all afford to collect a piece of Hebru’s work when his first Flyboy toy is released for pre-sale. The toy is made of resin and PVC with a copper center, and comes in a matte and “candy painted” edition.
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