Art

World Emoji Day: This is what emoji-themed art looks like

By Kitty Knowles 15 July 2016
Summary

Giant hearts? Sunglasses smileys? Yes please.

This Sunday it’s World Emoji Day.

Why? Because 17 July is the day marked on the emoji calendar. Obviously.

And what better way to celebrate World Emoji Day than by going down to an emoji-themed art exhibition.

Love: From Cave to Keyboard explores the evolution of communicating through the emotional lens of love – from primitive etchings on earthen walls, to illustrative hieroglyphics, screen icons, and (you guessed it) emoji.

The free exhibition will take place in Manhattan, New York, and features the likes of actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, Betty Boop, Instagram photographers @arnold_daniel and @Roon, and artist Shinji Murakami.

Check out our favourite piece form the exhibition, and have a happy World Emoji Day!

A sculpture by Shinji Murakami. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pepsi.
A sculpture by Shinji Murakami. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pepsi.
The exhibition's 'Love' inspiration is written on the wall. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pepsi.
Instagram artworks by @arnold_daniel & @Roon. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pepsi.
Instagram artworks by @arnold_daniel & @Roon. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pepsi.
An illuminated smiley installation oozes 'cool'. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pepsi
An illuminated smiley installation oozes 'cool'. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pepsi
Betty Boop makes an appearance. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pepsi.
Betty Boop makes an appearance. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pepsi.

Love: From Cave to Keyboard will run on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th, 10am-6pm at 433 Broadway, Manhattan, New York. It’s free!

Happy Emoji Day!