The members of Daft Punk are so protective of their robotic stage personas that it was big news, a couple of years ago, when a surreptitious shot of the out-of-costume duo appeared on Facebook. But apparently, Daft Punk are willing to relax that protectiveness if you’re willing to sit there and make a damn sculpture of the two of them. For a new exhibit, the sculptor Xavier Veilhan has crafted a series of sculptures called The Producers. For that series, he’s crafted plywood likenesses of a number of music titans, including Quincy Jones, Giorgio Moroder, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Rick Rubin, the Neptunes, Nigel Godrich, and Philippe Zdar. And he also got full cooperation from Daft Punk, who let him make 3D scans of their unhelmeted faces. (They’re still wearing sunglasses, though, so we don’t get to see what their plywood eyes look like.) Here’s Veilhan, explaining how this happened:
The funny thing is I didn’t even ask them. It was a very logical response to my proposal: I proposed to introduce them as producers, not as musicians, and so after talking to them, we decided that they should appear with their civilian names… They proposed to me: “Okay, we should make the sculpture the non-existing image of us. So if somebody wants to see how we are like in real [life] they’ll have to look at the sculpture.
(via the Creators Project)
The Producers will be on display as part of Veilhan’s Music exhibition at New York’s Galerie Perrotin 2/26 – 4/11. Read an interview with Veilhan here.