A British Artist’s Take On The Console Wars

By Spencer . June 3, 2011 . 2:45pm


Ceramic artist and part time social critic Grayson Perry created an elaborate tapestry with personified corporations. Surprisingly, Perry’s work also covered the main three console manufacturers, so I snapped a few photos of the piece from a recent art show.


Here’s Nintendo getting kicked in the face by Wrigley’s for some reason.




Microsoft is a giant bird?



And Sony is… a huge woman holding a designer purse.

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This creation deviates from Perry’s vases, which you can see here.

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  • karasuKumo

    Brilliant, I like how different all the people are. KFC with the guitar is so random. The one bit that disturbs me is front of the biggest guys jeans haha.

    • Apollonis

      1950s cholo-Ford’s bulge?

      • karasuKumo

        Indeed, the pattern on the jeans don’t do it much justice either. He seems to be too happy about having that knife lol.

  • I thought Microsoft was the empty cigarette box (or whatever that is). Man, I just can’t appreciate art like this .__.

    • Kai2591

      Or that smashed bottle. Or Perhaps the river of blood?

  • CheckEmBrah

    Well, whatever meaning there is behind this went way over my head.

  • Apollonis

    Weird. Of course, the different figures and the labels they’re given don’t seem to have much to do with one another. It’s like a parody of… tapestries.

    Edit: isn’t everyone a “part-time social critic”? :p I think that just means “sometimes complains about stuff.”

  • leadintea

    This is such a trip! lol

  • I think Sony’s very fitting.

    • Pichi

      Sony’s was the one I think I understood the best. Purse also screams to be 599 US dollars.

      • And easily stolen too by robbers.

  • Darkrise

    0.0 Trippy.

  • PrinceHeir

    lol what the O_O

  • Yamaneko22

    Anybody gets why is Wrigleys kicking Nintendo in the face?xD

    • Wrigleys like to keep things fresh. Nintendo just rehashes the same few franchises over and over and over again.

      • Zero_Destiny

        I think that’s a little too cruel. Nintendo has made major innovations like Motion Control and Touch Control. Something that Sony and Microsoft didn’t even think about doing until Nintendo showed that there is a market for that. Besides rehashing is also a little cruel of a way to word it. I like all those franchises and just because Nintnedo keeps making games for them doesn’t mean they don’t switch it up.

        That’s Why Twilight Princess is so different from Zelda II which is entirely different from Spirit Tracks. The same could be said with any of their franchises. Super Metriod is totally different from Metriod Prime which is totally different from Other M. Just like Super Mario Bros is totally different Mario Galaxy which is totally different from Mario and Lugi Superstar Saga. To say Nintendo doesn’t change things up is a flat out lie. They make innovations all the time. They don’t just copy and paste all there games and call it a day. I do admit that they have a reliance on old Franchises though. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I mean that’s what Marvel and DC live off of.

  • Flame war would have a new meaning when someone who hates it burns it.

  • I think it’s interesting that Sony (and Coca Cola – bleh!) is made out to appear isolated when other companies are made to be out in the wild while Sony does stuff like Netflix and has ads in their very own PSN. If anything that would put them more out in the open than KFC who does its own thing, blasting away on the guitar. (Although, here in Cali, some KFCs share menus with A&W)

    That would be my own take on a tapestry design, if I had the time. I would rather do a tapestry on the console era of ’94! I saw fanart of Nintendo and Sega characters together that looked eerily like this in a magazine that year…

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