Virgil Abloh, MCA Chicago and 19-year-old artist Cassius Hirst teamed up in September to bring an exclusive Nike Air Force 1 ‘07 in “University Blue” to the storefront of Abloh’s “FIGURES OF SPEECH” exhibition.
The sneaker was limited to just 20 pairs and was up for grabs at the exhibition for $3,000 USD. It sports a bold “University Blue” upper adorned with a white-toned abstract bone structure of a foot painted on its body — an archetype approach for the Damien Hirst offspring — and is dubbed “Flooded Blue.”
Today, HYPEBEAST gets up close with the highly sought-after sneaker. With pair 2/20, Cassius Hirst has graced its upper with a truly unique spray-painted design that features splashes of red and blue lines crackling through black paint towards the rear. The original silver Swoosh has been painted over and blended into the design, while the laces sport three custom lace locks reading “CASS” and “CF1.”
Take a closer look at the highly-limited MCA Chicago x Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Force 1 painted by Cass Hirst in the gallery above.
In related news, HYPEBEAST also recently got up close with the END.’s luxe New Balance 878 “Grey Gull.”
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Virgil Abloh @virgilabloh x MCA Chicago x Cass Hirst @cass.f1. Virgil Abloh invited Cassius Hirst to host one of the inaugural workshops at NikeLab’s Chicago Re-creation Center this past May and paint these shoes for the Church & State pop-up as an MCA-exclusive artist collaboration. Limited edition of 20 numbered pairs. Each pair is individually spray-painted by artist Cassius Hirst, son of acclaimed artist Damien Hirst. Price is $3000 per pair.