Published Feb 26, 2015In addition to crafting hits like "One More Time" and "Get Lucky," French dance music duo Daft Punk have spent most of their career covering up their faces. The famously helmeted outfit are being presented in a more personal light in a new art exhibit, though, with a pair of statues displaying the unmasked mugs of members Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.
Currently on display at New York's Galerie Perrotin, the statues were prepped by visual artist Xavier Veilhan using plywood and 3D scanning technology. Interestingly, the sculptor said it was the identity-concealing duo that offered to be presented not in their robot guises but as regular guys.
"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," Veilhan explained to The Creators Project. "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."
As you can see up above and below, the results don't exactly present the pair in the flesh, with their features smoothed out across wood grain. This is about as good as it'll get for now, though, and is no doubt a more accurate portrayal of the men behind the masks than the band's action figures.
Veilhan's "Music" exhibit opened today (February 26) and also features pieces based on the likenesses of Giorgio Moroder, Quincy Jones, the Neptunes (Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams), Lee "Scratch" Perry, producer Nigel Godrich, Rick Rubin and more. The exhibit closes April 11.