Thursday, July 1, 2010

Outdoor Art - Tulips

Jeff Koons' monumental sculpture Tulips, from his "Celebrations" series, symbolizes good luck in Chinese. Botanical history tells that tulips originated in a corridor stretching along the 40 degree latitude between Northern China and Southern Europe. While Tulips might evoke the large industrial forms of certain Minimalist sculptures, the buoyant, colorful sculpture equally brings to mind a jaunty parade float. Blown up to fantastical proportion and weighing over seven tons, the stainless steel flowers, seemingly in need of water, rise out of the embassy's lotus pond and was on loan to U.S. Embassy Beijing until 2008.

The colorful sculpture has been permanantly installed at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, built by Ferrovial. It is built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Atlantic Coast. The Guggenheim is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The museum features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.

Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. and received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976. Mr. Koons lives and works in New York City and York. Another one of his works, The Puppy sits out in front of the museum's entrance. Find out more about the artist at:

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