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A little moment of magic took place in New York City this morning (April 29) when a 9-foot tall translucent Hello Kitty sculpture popped up at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The piece of public art was conceived by the Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda — it coincides with the Japan Society‘s ongoing exhibition Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection — and is designed to help spread kawaii culture across the world.



A photo posted by Widad Franco (@widycat_art) on Apr 29, 2015 at 5:41am PDT


At the moment, Kitty Chan is a see-through structure. But soon she’ll be colored in after kids take part in art workshops and fill her up with their creations. (The sculpture is currently sealed, possibly to avoid it being quickly turned into an oversized trash can or a vacation home for pesky pigeons.)


A photo posted by gavvykins (@gavvykins) on Apr 29, 2015 at 5:41am PDT


The Time After Time Capsule project has already taken place in Miami and Amsterdam, with more cities around the world set for installments. The grand plan at this point is for all of the sculpture characters to be reunited in Tokyo in 2020 to help celebrate the Olympics.


A photo posted by mayb_th94 (@mayb_th94) on Dec 6, 2014 at 12:18pm PST


If you’re in New York City and you want to check out Hello Kitty in person, head over to 47th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan, where she’ll be hanging out until Sept. 13. The Family Folklore Day (where you can create art to place inside the sculpture) will take place May 3.

Read more about cats in art on Catster:

About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.

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