BALENCIAGA LAUNCHES NEW OBJECTS LINE
Launching on November 20th, 2020, Balenciaga presents Objects: a category of items produced outside of the fashion collections. Objects are introduced individually throughout the year, each a special project on its own. They are designed to be timeless, from collectible treasures to items for everyday use, at home or on the move.
The first Balenciaga Object is a metal sculpture in the exact shape of a size 41 Track.2 sneaker. Part of a lineage of objects d’art that recontextualize everydayproducts, the palladium and brass sculpture is a cross between a bronzed baby shoe keepsake and a Dadaist Readymade, transforming the functional Balenciaga sneaker into an inflexible solid.
Referencing the original shoe’s particular place in popular culture and daily life,this metal version, weighing 2,5 kilograms, alludes to the definitive sentimental value and trophy status of designed goods. It is made in Italy with 16 cast brass pieces that are soldered and sealed, then coated with palladium.
The first Balenciaga Object is sold in a limited edition. Only 20 Track.2 sculptures will be available worldwide.