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The magic attraction of Balloon Dog lies in its ability to convey cuteness, power and material perfection. Its alert, four-legged form makes it reminiscent of the heroic equestrian statuary that populates public spaces across the globe. Koons himself has called this piece the "Trojan horse" of the Celebration series.
"Balloon Dog is a very optimistic piece, it is a balloon that a clown would have maybe twist for you at a birthday party. But at the same time, there's the profoundness of an archaic sculpture. The piece has an interior life while the reflective exterior surface affirms the viewer through their reflection.” —Jeff Koons
Balloon Dog (Magenta) is part of a limited edition piece by Jeff Koons, referencing his iconic, monumental sculpture of the same name from his highly acclaimed Celebration series (1994) of five colored sculptural editions in red, magenta, blue, orange and yellow. The series evolved from his desire to recreate the ecstatic experiences of a child's enjoyment of the world through universal signifies representing birthday parties and festive events.
This work of art has chameleon-like qualities; its reflective surface is capable of physically changing with its surroundings and its many-layered meanings make it conceptually change in the mind of each viewer.
"A piece that enjoys the environments that it is being placed in, from the Grand Canal of Venice, to the ceilings of Versailles, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Brant Foundation, the sky of the New York City from the roof of the Metropolitan Museum. That is what really attracted me to these reflective surfaces, the ability to continue the beholder's share. Art does not happen inside objects. It happens inside the viewer." —Jeff Koons