Takashi Murakami Designs Aspen Ski Lift Tickets
Art & Design
As if going skiing in Aspen weren’t a lofty enough distinction, the city’s ski buffs will now have something else to brag about. When the ski season launches in November, visitors to the slopes will be taking artist Takashi Murakami along for the ride. The Tokyo-born Murakami has been commissioned to design a suite of ski lift tickets for the 2015/2016 season, and has met the challenge in characteristically colorful fashion, creating a series of compositions that bear his distinctive cartoon motifs—each of which can be had for the price of a standard ski lift ticket.
Murakami is only the latest in a line of artists to contribute to Art in Unexpected Places, a decade-long collaborative project of the Aspen Skiing Company and the Aspen Museum of Art that aims to engage Aspen’s hoards of winter guests with contemporary art—whether they’re aware of it or not. Mukarami, whose illustrations unabashedly reference the Japanese esthetic traditions of anime and manga, has traversed the ground between high and low art for over a decade.
Simultaneously the subject of museum retrospectives and darling of fashion houses, his exuberantly sunny images may be tailor-made to offset the deep chill of winter. While site-specific installations and outdoor performances are slated to be part of Aspen’s creative offerings this ski season, we’re willing to bet that those little Takashi Murakami stubs will be the hottest tickets in town—literally.