Drake has resurrected an art-themed carnival that had been neglected for 35 years, thanks to a donation check of nearly $100 million.
The New York Times states that Luna Luna, named after Luna Park on New York’s Coney Island, was first introduced in Hamburg, Germany, in 1987 by carnival rides created by well-known artists like Keith Haring, Salvador Dali, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The carnival, which was created by Andre Heller in Austria, quickly became a financial disaster. Since then, the different installations have been stored for more than three decades.
Heller stated that he wanted “to build a big bridge between [the so-called avant-garde] — the artists who were sometimes a little snobbish and didn’t connect to the masses –and the so-called ordinary people” with the carnival.
Drake was involved when the idea was presented by DreamCrew, his creative venture company. The rest is history.
Drake said that Luna Luna was the first thing that struck him. It’s a special and unique way to enjoy art. This is a great idea and an opportunity to bring people together.
Heller has given up control of Luna Luna, as Drizzy’s DreamCrew seized the operations. They have now moved the carnival equipment, and everything is ready for restoration in Los Angeles.
If all goes according to plan, Luna Luna will be taking a tour in fall of 2023.
Heller said, “It feels amazing that the artworks of Luna Luna will once again see the light. I am honored that a whole new generation will experience the wonders of Luna Luna for many more years.”
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Drake’s album reached the Billboard 200 for the second year in a row, surpassing and Nevermind.
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