A little moment of magic took place in New York City this morning (April 29) when a 9-foot translucent Hello Kitty sculpture popped up at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The piece of public art was conceived by the Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda — it coincides with the Japan Society‘s ongoing exhibition Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection — and is designed to help spread kawaii culture across the world.
The Time After Time Capsule project has already taken place in Miami and Amsterdam, with more cities around the world set for installments. The grand plan at this point is for all of the sculpture characters to be reunited in Tokyo in 2020 to help celebrate the Olympics.
If you’re in New York City and you want to check out Hello Kitty in person, head over to 47th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan, where she’ll be hanging out until Sept. 13. The Family Folklore Day (where you can create art to place inside the sculpture) will take place May 3.
Read more about cats in art on Catster:
- Let Cuddle Clones Create Your Cat’s Stuffed Identical Twin
- 8 Great Novels Starring Cats
- Mr. Eggs and His Amazing World of Cat Illustrations
About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.