Years: 2012

Notable works: Companion Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon

In 2012, KAWS floated further into the mainstream. For the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, he revealed a 41-foot version of Companion, in signature monochrome colors. CBS News reported that as part of the promotional cycle for the balloon, even a subway car was wrapped in KAWS artwork, a particularly ironic detail, considering how many trains he'd done illegal graffiti on coming up as a graffiti writer.

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