Balenciaga’s newest addition to its Balenciaga Objects line is an extremely limited-edition Runner Sculpture. The Balenciaga Runner Sculpture is available in retail locations including Balenciaga Beijing, Beverly Hills, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Monaco, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo stores in total of 20 units. The Balenciaga Runner Sculpture recasts the Runner Sneaker, Object is entirely hand-crafted and made out of glazed ceramic.
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Each unit was both carved and modeled by hand, fired, then painted to affect a worn shoe’s subtle colorings using a traditional Italian maiolica technique by hand, then fired again. Like the real sneaker there are signs of wear and codes of motion, such as layered sport textures, distressed fabric edges, exposed stitching, and intentionally bubbling technical adhesive.
Balenciaga Objects are produced outside of the fashion collections calendar and range from exclusive artworks to practical, everyday items, all of them timeless. A life-sized Balenciaga Track Sculpture in silver metal was the first Object in the series, followed by multiple sneaker styles reimagined in laser-etched glass cubes.
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The Balenciaga Runner Sculpture is launching on April 5th, 2022.