Thursday, June 21, 2007

Big flower, small world

Walking into Marlene Dietrich Platz (true) we spotted this large, polished stainless steel Jeff Koons sculpture Balloon Flower 1995-99. It is part of the DaimlerChrysler Collection. Since 1995, Koons has created Balloon Flower in five versions: blue, magenta, yellow, orange, and red. The red version sits out side World Trade Centre building 7 in New York, which was rebuild after 9/11. There is also another iteration of this work, as a PVC, inflatable multiple published by Parkett magazine. Strangely enough, just before we left for Berlin, we saw two of them on exhibition, and for sale, at the Gow Langsford Gallery.
Images: Left Jeff Koons Balloon Flower, high chromium stainless steel with transparent colour coating 2.9 x 3.4 x 2.7 meters. Right, Jeff Koons Inflatable Balloon Flower (Yellow) 1997, PVC 1.3 x 1.5 x 1.8 meters, in an edition of 100