David Shrigley has created a foam thumbs up for Scottish football team Partick Thistle for fans to show their support in tomorrow night’s match against Dundee United.
Last summer the artist designed the club’s mascot, Kingsley, and his new foamy creation is the fifth in a line-up of artist collaborations with Partick Thistle. The form is based on Shrigley’s work for the Fourth Plinth sculpture commission which will appear in London’s Trafalgar Square later this year.
“The ‘thumbs up’ gesture is universally understood as meaning something is good so, as a Jags fan, I thought what better way to show our support than to give the guys a giant thumbs up,” says Shrigley. “The piece I designed for the Fourth Plinth is ten metres high. I wanted to create a version based on the traditional foam finger for fans to take home, albeit a bit smaller than the original.
“I want my art make the world a better place, so hopefully fans can take this piece of art away and feel more positive by giving the thumbs up whenever and wherever.”
The first 2,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive the limited edition collectible to take home with them for free at the Dundee United match on 5 April.
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