FUNTIME UNICORN builds off Derrick Adams’ signature iconography and imagery via a continuation of the artist's acclaimed Floater paintings—a collection of vivid portraits that show Black people in various states of rest and play atop the popularized plastic pool float. An ode to the Black Unicorn figure first appearing in the Floater paintings, then realized as life-size inflatable pool floats, Funtime Unicorn in this latest iteration is a manifestation of Adams' conviction. The idea that Black joy, love, and play should be normalized and celebrated in popular visual culture.
30 + 10 APs
37 9/16” tall (seat is 21 1/8”), 43 7/16” long, 8” wide
94 lbs (without spring)
Mounting and assembly hardware
Cast aluminum, steel, aluminum alloy, alloy steel coil, stainless steel, and hand painted enamel
Derrick Adams, FUNTIME UNICORN, 2022 Installation view, Rockefeller Center, New York, Courtesy of Derrick Adams Editions Photography Satvik Bhati