Through the amalgamation of art, technology, and imagination, and the delicate intertwining of the new and the historic, artist Leo Caillard seeks to rediscover our social environment with humour and sensitivity.
His 2012 series ‘Hipsters In Stone’ became a wildly popular commentary on contemporary times by ‘dressing’ the classical figures of the Louvre’s extensive sculpture collection in today’s modern attire. Now, Caillard continues the collection and adds more well-dressed deities to the series.
Cropped pants, Ray Bans, and plaid shirts turn the stone figures into fashionably dressed characters.
“Who is to say that the figures presented in the stone of Greek Agora were not the greatest representation of the human form known at that time, says Caillard. “The statues, with their clothes stripped away reveal a magnificence of shape and balance. But what were the Greeks wearing when they weren’t posing for sculptors?”
“Appearance, in all its many nuances, presents character. One’s dress sense indicates one’s priorities, choices, lifestyle — are you ‘in’ or are you ‘out’? Hipster or classic? Which tribe are you a member of? Hipsters in stone presents a twist on these themes — take the ultimate from the classic world and add a modern, contemporary twist.”