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Inspired by Japanese film maestro Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 masterpiece—Throne of Blood, this beautiful pigeon sculpt with a volley of arrows pierced through his body is an allegorical reference to the film’s protagonist, General Washizu. The film transposes the plot of one of Shakespeare’s notable Macbeth, telling a story of a warrior who assassinates his local lord under the coercion of his ambitious wife.
The sculpt is executed with meticulous attention to detail in line with Kurosawa’s sense of realism and perfectionism. His body a marbled blue, glistening in the light with a hint of gold. He stands with his right foot forward, bended at the knee with arms wide open as though surrendering to his inevitable doom. Paying homage to the ending of Throne of Blood— the1957 film by Kurosawa, this reimagined piece of art remains a landmark of visual strength till this day.
To celebrate Staple's 20th Anniversary, Mighty Jaxx presents this limited edition sculpture created by the man himself, Jeff Staple, and visual artist, James Jean.
You can buy the awesome James Jean artbook on our website !
Founder and Creative Director of Staple Design and Reed Space, Jeff Ng, better known as jeffstaple, is now a prominent figure within the industries of fashion, music, art and even sports. He initially took up journalism at the NYU but later dropped out and enrolled into Parsons School of Design after realising his growing passion for graphic design.
His streetwear brand @StaplePigeon has attained global fame over the last two decades and is a reflection of all city dwellers today. The familiar Pigeon logo is often seen across Staple’s extensive range of apparel and other products, representing the boundless energy of New York City.
About James Jean:
Born in Taiwan and based in Los Angeles, James Jean fuses contemporary subjects with aesthetic techniques inspired by traditional Chinese scroll paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, and Renaissance portraiture. By experimenting with different styles and art-historical genres, Jean depicts detailed cosmological worlds that focus on both individual and universal experiences. His small-scale pieces feature single figures engaged in everyday tasks, and are focused on specific narratives and emotions. Jean’s large-scale works recall complex Hieronymus Bosch paintings and majestic Tang Dynasty landscapes. Layered with imagery drawn from both contemporary culture and age-old allegories, the artist imagines a collective realm of mythological proportions.