Art World Triviality Hits New Low With Artist-Designed Nicolas Cage Bouncy Castle

Photo: Hungry Castle.

Well, someone finally decided to lock up Nicolas Cage.

A public art and design collective called Hungry Castle have designed a black-and-white striped bouncy house meant to resemble a cage (get it?), which features a giant, and frankly pretty frightening, portrait of the often lampooned actor.

“People can punch Nicolas Cage, they can hug Nicolas Cage but no one will ever break Nicolas Cage. Ever,” the creators told the Independent. “Throughout internet history, we’ve seen Nicolas Cage lose himself and be everyone, but we’ve never seen Nicolas Cage in a cage.”

If, in fact, Cage in a cage is what you’re after, the inflatable sculpture will make its debut at the Australian music festival Splendour in the Grass, where it will be aptly located next to the craft beer station.

Photo: Hungry Castle.

The installation will first be on view at Splendour in the Grass. 
Photo: Courtesy of Hungry Castle.

While no official plans have been announced, the folks at Hungry Castle hope to see the squishy sculpture make a world tour, á la Florentijn Hofman‘s famed rubber duck. Oh no, more inane public art cluttering up our cities.

Barcelona-based Hungry Castle is a collaboration between Dave Glass and Kill Cooper. According to their website, the pair have been working together since 2011, making “big, playful things of cultural impact,” which they have dubbed “Cool Shit.” Okay. The pair cites Shepard Fairey and Jeff Koons as artistic influences, and they have collaborated with brands like Adidas and HP.

Hungry Castle is also responsible for Laser Cat, a giant cat head that projects art through its laser beam eyes and premiered in 2014 at the ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Miami. While Koons and Fairey might be influences, it’s clear where the this team gets their real inspiration: the weird, wonderful world of the Internet.


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