Excerpt from an interview with KSDesign Collaborative and Golden for the lecture series The Dynamics of Art in the Public Realm.

KSDC:
Your characters are delightful and vivacious. They seem to be having a lot of fun and the interesting thing is this, they seem to be including us in on the fun. It’s not that we’re just looking at some smiling characters, instead, they are inviting us to join in, to enjoy the party with them. That is amazing and very psychological. How do you do that? Why do you do that?

Golden:
I’m glad you feel that way. My little monsters show the joy that I wish for everyone. For me, though, the monsters are not that complicated. I see the good in all things. I see their usefulness. I bring them to life and let them speak for themselves and share their joy. I have done this since I was a child. This is how I see the world.

KSDC:
Why then do you call them monsters?

Golden:
Monsters are not bad. These are fun little guys. They are my gang, and the gang keeps growing as more of their friends join in. They are having a good time and maybe they make us more aware of simple things, even difficult things, but they do so in a loving way. The Unicorn celebrates an individual’s uniqueness—I like people for who they are, no judgements, I accept them. The Grim Reaper reminds us of death, but death is just a part of life, so we must live our lives to the fullest. I think everyone will find a monster they can relate to in a special way and then, I hope that monster brings them joy.