Inflatable toy dinosaurs or ceramic sculptures?
What’s hundreds of millions years old, looks like it’s filled with helium, and is an accident waiting to happen? These ceramic dinosaurs by artist Brett Kern, that’s what. You might mistake these sculptures for one of those inflatable vinyl balloon dinosaurs, but upon closer inspection, they’re actually ceramic works that mimic the details and texture of a balloon.
Kern recalls the inspiration for these cute pieces on his website, “’Something has survived,’ reads the tagline for the 1997 movie, Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Undeniably, something has survived: the infatuation I have with the pop culture of my formative years, during the late eighties and the nineties. It is through these ‘cultural glasses’ that I continue to view and interpret the world, which influences the subject matter and purpose of my work. My predilection for producing collectible objects comes from my training as a potter and my persistent preoccupation with collecting toys, pop memorabilia, and nostalgic items from my youth.”
These collectibles would look great on any home, just make sure there’s a sign nearby that says: “DO NOT TOUCH THE BALLOON-LOOKING FRAGILE $500 DINOSAUR.”