Haven marks Sesame Street’s 50th with art exhibit

Fifty artists reimagine 50 of the show’s most famous characters in immersive exhibition at Melbourne Central Shopping Centre – complete with Mr Hooper’s Store merchandise pop-up

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 29.10.2019 | Events

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An immersive art exhibition celebrating 50 years of Sesame Street opened with a VIP event in the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre on Friday.

Called 50 Years and Counting, the event brings together a collection of 50 bespoke pieces of art from artists across the globe, who have reimagined 50 of Sesame Street’s most iconic and beloved characters.

Haven Global, the pre-school property’s licensing agent down under, organised the experience with curator Eddie Zammit, who sourced local and international artists to create a visual treat for fans big and small.

"Sesame Street has built an incredible legacy over the last 50 years and has covered so many important and topical issues and impacted so many children’s lives,” Eddie says. “This exhibition, featuring 50 characters interpreted by 50 artists from all four corners of the globe, has truly been an honour to curate."

Among the artists are Jeremy Fish, DXTR The Weird, Mighty Short, Kate Pullen, Kentaro Yoshida, whose work spans a variety of styles and techniques.

Television screens take visitors on a journey through five decades of Sesame Street – from celebrity appearances to all the Sunny Days show openings throughout the years. They can also enjoy a fun facts wall, giant art murals and an epic plush wall. Fans can then wander over to Mr Hooper’s Store to shop a range of licensed merchandise featuring some of the artists’ bespoke designs.

“We’re thrilled to have such an inspiring exhibition staged in a major CBD Shopping centre,” says Yvonne King, Director, Haven Global. “With a major train station beneath it, 58 million people go through Melbourne Central each year and I can’t think of a more fitting and high-profile tribute to Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary.”

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