This is Not a Toy

Yup, that’s right! “This is Not a Toy” is this awesome art exhibit happening right now at the Design Exchange near Union Station. (http://www.dx.org/).

You can see how I just wanted to poke, prod and squish this thing, but it probably would have resulted in my getting kicked out by security.
You can see how I just wanted to poke, prod and squish this thing, but it probably would have resulted in my getting kicked out by security.

As the marketing pamphlet describes it, “This Is Not A Toy was conceived as a presentation of the design and art toy as a unique medium for artistic expression. The title of the exhibit is inspired by the ubiquitous disclaimer found on product packaging…” Not to mention that Pharrell Williams was a guest curator for this exhibit.

The ever so talented and handsome Pharrell Williams.
The ever so talented and handsome Pharrell Williams.

Ok, so I was totally sold on the fact that Pharrell Williams was a part of this which is what really spurred my motivation to want to go and see it.  I mean, not many people can pull off looking like a 25 year old when they are 40, and not to mention be multi-talented across so many artistic outlets (music production, fashion design and artistic design).

The exhibit evoked a great sense of color and playfulness.  So many times, my instinctive nature was to just poke and prod and pick up everything.  Their were a couple of security guards walking around ensuring that everything stayed in tact and that visitors behaved themselves. I never quite caught on to the Kidrobot phase nor the Animae trend, however I do appreciate the creativity and effort that designers have put into the pieces.  Some of the pieces were certainly interesting like the very sexual doll with needles being jabbed into various parts of her body. Then there were some cool collaborative pieces like Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami and the Mediacom X Daft Punk.  Take a moment and check out the photos below. Also make sure to check out the exhibit before it leaves Toronto on May 19.

Not really sure what this artist's inspiration was.
Not really sure what this artist’s inspiration was.
Some fun and creative artistic sculptures...all resembling the silhouette of Mickey Mouse,
Some fun and creative artistic sculptures…all resembling the silhouette of Mickey Mouse,
She's got the kimono and everything! I don't even own one!
She’s got the kimono and everything! I don’t even own one!
Made from glass fiber, steel, acrylic, wood, LED, and 7 objects made of gold set with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds.
Made from glass fiber, steel, acrylic, wood, LED, and 7 objects made of gold set with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds.
Daft Punk Collab. And if you look really hard, you may see a glimpse of me!
Daft Punk Collab. And if you look really hard, you may see a glimpse of me!

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