A bronze statue of the Mona Lisa is displayed behind her in Bristol.
‘Moona Lisa’ is a life-size reimagining of street artist Nick Walker’s spray painting of the same name, which he created in response to a challenge from fellow Bristolian Banksy that nothing else could be done with Leonardo da Vinci’s famous portrait.
The 260kg statue has been installed at the M Shed in the city center for its Vanguard: Bristol Street Art exhibition and will be on display until 31 October.
To create the 3D piece, a 360 image of a live model dressed as the ‘Moon Lisa’ was produced from photographs taken by a rig of 160 DSLR cameras. From this image, a digital model was created which was used as a mold for the bronze sculpture.
The original painting of ‘Moona Lisa’ is one of Mr Walker’s most iconic pieces and was sold in 2008 at the Bonhams auction house in London for £54,000. bloomberg.
The artist, who still lives in Bristol, became one of the biggest names in street art after emerging on the scene in the 1980s.
He is one of dozens of artists celebrated by M Shed’s exhibition, which the museum says “examines the creative response of the city’s leading underground scene to Britain’s turbulent social and political history”.
The museum is known for hosting controversial pieces.
In June, a statue of Edward Colston – torn down during last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests and thrown in Bristol Harbor – was on display, damaged and covered in graffiti, in the M Shed.
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