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“You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until Its Gone” No.1

Simon Kennedy

“You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until Its Gone” No.1

Simon Kennedy





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 122
Length: 125
Depth: 125


Acrylic Resin & Paint

Current Location


Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • Floor-based
  • Freestanding
  • On a plinth
  • In a case
  • Wall-mounted

Background, history, commissioner of the work

2006. Made in London. 2007. Part of installation “Naughty But Nice” B&B Gallery, Folkestone Kent. 2009. Exhibited, Ritterhof Space, Kreuzberg Berlin. Featured in Cabaret show, Berlin Wintergarten. 2011. Solo exhibition “Scream” at The Icecreamists, Covent Garden, London. Featured on German ZDF TV, ARTE channel. 2020. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Canceled due to Pandemic. 2021. Book front cover “Updating Bergson. A Philosophy of the Enduring Present” by Adam Lovasz. Lexington Books.

Thematic/contextual information

The Ideas behind this sculpture was to attempt to reflect notions of human loss, on a universal level. A child eating an ice cream, dropping it and the sadness this brings. The sculpture also has a strong connotations to ideas of climate change and global warming. The cartoon nature and scale of the work seems to reach a main stream audience and communicates across different cultures and languages. This sculpture makes a perfect Instagram-able moment and is liked by children and adults alike.

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