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B.C. artist’s giant Elon Musk head gets international attention

Chilliwack artist Kevin Stone created the massive Elon Musk head of the sculpture.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Kevin Stone

A B.C. artist who created a giant aluminum head of Twitter and Tesla owner Elon Musk is getting international attention for his part in the marketing meme.

In the last few days, Lower Mainland metal sculptor Kevin Stone has been interviewed by The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Fox News for his part in the creation of the six-foot-tall head, nestled on a goat body atop a working metal rocket. 

“Any publicity is good publicity when you’re an artist,” Stone said.

Stone was contracted by cryptocurrency entrepreneur Elon Goat Token to create the massive 250-pound head for “goatsgiving.” GOAT also stands for “Greatest of all Time.”

Due to the timing, Stone created the head and other contractors in Phoenix, Arizona built the body and rocket, which is capable of shooting fire.

“It was pretty neat, I got to see their designs and how it took shape,” Stone said. After he shipped the head to the U.S., he travelled to Arizona and got to see it come together.

Elon Goat Token began touring the sculpture across America, including Seattle, San Francisco and Hollywood.

On Saturday, Nov. 26, the sculpture arrived at Tesla’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, baiting the billionaire for a response. Unfortunately, Musk never came out to claim his gift, Stone said.

Stone is not sure what the next plan is, to continue touring the sculpture or take it to Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco.

It took him six months to create the head and they originally planned to launch it in the spring and summer but it took longer than anticipated. They didn’t align the gift with Musk’s takeover of Twitter, he said.

“It’s really funny out there, especially with the takeover of Twitter, people either love Elon or they hate him,” Stone said.

All in all, it was a marketing strategy Stone called “a genius” idea to get attention to the company’s cyber currency.

The total cost of the more than 30-foot-long project equaled $600,000 USD, Stone said. The project hasn’t caused his platforms to skyrocket but Stone’s other giant Game of Thrones-themed dragon has received the most international attention. It’s set to be completed soon and sent to Utah.

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“It’s where everything has taken off for me personally,” he said. A massive T-rex is also set to be placed across Okanagan Lake on private land in Penticton within the next four months.

The Elon sculpture “only adds fuel to the fire,” Stone said.

“Being an artist here in Canada, it’s been 20 years of plugging away and self-promotion and trying to get people to see what you’re capable of,” Stone said.

 


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