The Poop Emoji is Now Forever Immortalized in 3-Inch Bronze Sculptures

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Live on Kickstarter, the iconic emoji is ready for its real-life debut wth polished and brushed sculptures.

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"Life can sometimes be crappy, but all we can do is smile and bring joy to one another,” says LaPenta, “I hope this project brings a sense of laughter and irony into peoples lives."

The Poop Emoji is now a live and physical sculpture that consumers can play with and proudly display thanks to artist Matthew LaPenta’s ode to the popular emoji. The smiling pile of poo has been bronzed and polished for it’s real world debut and is currently live and available to support on Kickstarter.

Emoji has become a modern form of communication.  It is a brand new language that allows emotion and context to be added to text based conversations. Matthew LaPenta saw the importance of the emoji and wanted to immortalize it to give historians a context for where human communication was around the turn of the 21st century.

Matthew has been making Emoji based fine art sculptures since 2013.  His work was featured at the prestigious SCOPE Art Show during Art Basel Week in Miami, FL in 2015.  While at the event he began to realize that hundreds of people enjoyed his work but couldn't afford the 12 inch bronze versions from a gallery.  So Matthew developed a way to bring his emoji sculptures to more people by developing a 2.8 inch versions of his sculptures.  Matthew hopes to bring more art into more homes by making the smaller editions. 

"Life can sometimes be crappy, but all we can do is smile and bring joy to one another,” says LaPenta, “I hope this project brings a sense of laughter and irony into peoples lives."

The sculpture will be available in several unique finishes to start, polished nickel, polished copper, and polished brass, brushed nickel, brushed copper, and brushed brass. They measure approximately 3 x 2.8 inches and weigh 3 pounds. Each finish will be limited to 100 pieces max, with 10 artists proofs. 

"Emoji needs to be brought into the real world because the internet is existing in this imaginary cloud-like-world, that we can't see or touch without a digital device,” adds LaPenta, “By pulling emoji icons out of our digital screens we begin to understand this digital language in a new way.  We start to appreciate the importance of these modern day hieroglyphics and begin to see that we have more in common with our our ancestors then we originally thought.”

The sculptures will be available to view at several New Stand retail locations in New York City.  The New Stand has locations underground in Union Square Subway Station, Columbus Circle Subway Station, and above ground in Brookfield Place in lower Manhattan. The New Stand is one part convenience store, and one part discovery platform. For more information on The New Stand visit http://the-new-stand.com

The Mini Poop Emoji Sculpture is currently live and available to support on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1sLWvQv

About Matthew LaPenta

Matthew LaPenta is a contemporary artist that uses his artistic practice to explore the overlap between culture and technology. His work incorporates a variety of materials including bronze, stainless steal, marble, acrylic paint, neon, and inflatables. Matthew's bronze emoji sculptures have been selling in art galleries since 2013.  His studio and home are located in Topanga Canyon, just north of Los Angeles, California. 

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