Over the course of this summer, Disney launched a project to celebrate creativity, while also marking 100 years of storytelling for the famous Mickey Mouse company. The most famous visionaries and talents from the worlds of fashion, cinema, music and art have deliberately donated works, objects and experiences inspired by the stories and characters of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and 20th Century to support Disney’s charitable partner Make-A-Wish.
Disney donated $1 million to the Make-A-Wish association to support the granting of wishes to improve the lives of girls and boys suffering from serious illnesses
Tasia Filippatos – Consumer Products, Games and Publishing President – declared at the event:
“The stories and characters have left an indelible mark on pop culture around the world, transcending borders, industries and generations. We couldn’t think of a better way to honor 100 years of Disney storytelling than to partner with this exceptional group of artists to support Make-A-Wish.”.
To kick off the initiative, the company decided to collaborate with the artist Virgil Abloh Securities in the creation of a sculpture over 180 cm high inspired by Mickey Mouse the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia, at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. The work entitled Structural Sorcerer — a Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Sculpture was designed by ALASKA ALASKA; Shannon Abloh, wife of the late artist declared:
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey sculpture pays homage to Virgil Abloh’s enduring legacy, and is inspired by his grid-frame furniture series and Mickey Mouse illustrations created in 2018 for his 90th anniversary.”
Virgil had a very close relationship with the Royal College of Arts, which announced the establishment of a scholarship in his honor to support talented but financially challenged black British students. In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to new generations, Virgil Abloh Securities also engaged artist Favor Jonathan, who created a sculpture of Dr. Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, which will be included in the Create initiative 100.