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Jeff Koons Discusses Inspiration and Design of Balloon Dog Sculpture

Tracing the history of his iconic Balloon Dog monument to a youthful concept of celebratory milestones, Jeff Koons reveals the creation and design of Balloon Dog and his other notable inflatable art. Breaking artistic conventions from his early days of sculpting, Koons uses a recent interview with SandenWolff to share a peek at his previous work with basketballs and inflatable flowers. He reveals that his design inspiration for these inflatable pieces comes from the human body and how a breath of air can stand as a symbol of optimism and future. Describing the Balloon Dog as “eternally optimistic” while simultaneously creating a dialogue between its interior and exterior surroundings through its reflective surfaces, watch above as Koons talks further about the iconic piece.

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