Jeff Koons's 'Puppy' Named Art Work Of The Decade

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A giant puppy sculpture made entirely of live flowers has been anointed the “art work of the decade” by New York Magazine. Created by contemporary artist Jeff Koons, the sculpture, simply entitled Puppy, is heralded by the magazine as a “glorious phantasmagorical masterpiece.”

Fantastical it is. Over 70,000 flowering plants — including marigolds, petunias, begonias and impatiens — were carefully placed over a soaring stainless steel structure to form the unmistakable image of a West Highland white terrier puppy with its pointed ears and rounded head cocked slightly to the right. Inside the Puppy sculpture, 25 tons of soil kept moist by an internal irrigation system allowed the bright, colorful flowers to stay alive.

But why a puppy? It’s a symbol, Koons told the Public Art Fund, of “love, warmth and happiness.”

Puppy stopped traffic when it was unveiled at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in the summer of 2000, where it was declared a “contemporary masterpiece” and a “triumph of scale, color and materials.” The colossal sculpture was acquired by art collector Peter Brant, and it sits today on Brant’s 53-acre estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, where it costs a reported $75,000 per year to maintain. According to New York Times Style Magazine, each spring, 10 men work for 12 days replanting the tens of thousands of blooms that make up Puppy.

Still, it’s all worth it to Puppy’s owner, Brant, who considers the sculpture one of Koons’s greatest works. “To me it was like the greatest public sculpture that I’d seen, as important as anything done in the last couple of hundred years,” Brant told The Art Newspaper earlier this year. “It’s probably my favorite work of art.”

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. shadow fox
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 13:48:51

    Wat a huge puppy …wow

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