Daft Punk’s helmets have long been a fixture that not only kept the French electronic duo’s faces a mystery, but helped define their robotic, futuristic persona. Now, a new statue by Xavier Veilhan has seemingly done the impossible: unmasked Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.
Composed of birch plywood and created using 3D scanning, the sculpture is part of Veilhan’s new “Music” exhibit at New York’s Galerie Perrotin. In a recent interview, Veilhan spoke about the artwork, revealing that it was in fact Daft Punk’s idea to be portrayed without helmets:
“The funny thing is I didn’t even ask them,” Veilhan tells me via phone call while installing Music, a double exhibition opening this week at Galerie Perrotin’s New York and Paris locations. “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.”
In addition to the French robots, Veilhan’s exhibit features Radiohead’s Nigel Godrich, Giorgio Moroder, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, and Lee “Scratch” Perry as statues. It is set to open tomorrow.