HELMUT LANG: GREAT AT MAKING ART…. AND CLOTHES… AND EAGLES.. AND..


F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that there are no second acts in American lives. That may be—but there are in Austrian art pieces. Case in point: Helmut Lang, who swore off the design game to make art a few years back, repurposed the found mahogany eagle that used to decorate his Soho shop into Three (pictured), his largest sculpture to date. Lang split the original eagle into three and coated it with tar; it now represents, according to the artist (or whoever’s writing his press releases), “the emasculation of the creative spirit in a global marketplace.” Soon, Londoners will be able to get up close and personal with that emasculation—Acne has acquired the piece for its first London shop, which opens just down the block from Dover Street Market in Mayfair later this month.

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