Mickey Mouse debuted in Hollywood’s first ”talkie” cartoon, Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie, on November 18, 1928 and became an instant sensation. Since Mickey Mouse turns 90 years old this year, Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has created his own version of the iconic mouse. He was hired by Leblon Delienne to personalise Disney’s most famous character with a life-size model, painted in Marcel Wanders’ signature style ‘One Minute Delft Blue’. The piece is made entirely by hand in the brand’s historic atelier in Normandy, France.
Renowned for his eclectic and extravagant style, Marcel Wanders re-interprets the ancient Delft Blue technique in a contemporary way. This abstract universe created by Wanders characterises his style: he paints the resin model of Mickey Mouse with his bare hands, in an expressionist way. With this Marcel explores creativity in a tactile, craftsman- like fashion, whilst exploring his own imagination of an imaginary icon.
In associating Dutch heritage with the legendary figure of Mickey Mouse added to the exceptional savoir-faire of the Leblon Delienne atelier, Wanders subtly mixes universes and eras to create a timeless work. For the final touch, Marcel Wanders creates Mickey Mouse’s nose in a chrome gold finish, bringing a touch of refinement and a wink of humour.
Eight copies, all unique, are offered to art lovers and collectors. Each one is valued at approximately 25,000 Euros ($29,000).