The art world and the Comic-Con world collided Friday night at a party for the New York City installment of the My Little Pony Project, a traveling charity exhibition featuring My Little Pony ponies as envisioned and executed by artists. Self-proclaimed bronies wandered around the Hester at the Eventi Hotel, Harajuku models Maro and Kuma posed for pictures, and some guests got colorful extensions affixed in their hair while others sipped from champagne flutes. The 24 artists' ponies on display ranged from Jillian Kate's fur-covered, zebra-striped pony wearing platform heels covered in googly eyes to Perez Hilton's (yes, that Perez Hilton's) hot-pink pony, painted messily, splattered with glitter and decorated with rhinestones. We talked to some of the artists that attended about their concept for their ponies, their take on the brand, and how they feel about bronies.
On his pony: "It was basically inspired by things like Lost and Planet of the Apes and Prometheus. The idea I was going for was the notion of the ancient ruin. This classical pony design is left to ruin in this exotic, extraterrestrial world and it’s being discovered by these sort of spacefaring bronies. These figures are the newer ponies, and I’m sort of suggesting the idea that these modern futuristic ponies are discovering the planet of their origins and the ruins that are left of it. The piece is called 'Star Bronies.' I guess I was riffing on the brony phenomenon."