Wynn Las Vegas has a new piece of artwork decked out in stainless steel and transparent colors now showcased in front of the Wynn Theater. “Tulips” by Jeff Koons was unveiled this week, purchased at auction in Nov. 2012 for $33,682,500.
The legendary piece is the sculptural culmination of Koons’ Celebration series. Created in five unique versions, “Tulips” is one of the largest and most complex sculptures in the series. The sculpture represents a bouquet of twisted balloon flowers, which have been cast in stainless steel and brought to a high mirror polish and plated in a vivid spectrum of color. The gleaming surface and vivid color palette of the sculpture reflect both the viewer and itself, resulting in a kaleidoscope of color and near infinite reflections. The sculpture creates the sensation of weightlessness but is paradoxically heavy, employing more than 3 tons of sculpted stainless steel.
The Celebration works explore the concept of childlike innocence and chart the landmarks of the passing year, in this instance: Spring. Koons’ Tulips, while rooted in the long-standing tradition of floral still life, offers a modern interpretation and explores a range of concepts that are pertinent to the contemporary world. The medium is smooth and pristine, presenting the viewer with an image that appears to be simple and joyous. Under the surface, Koons explores themes such as life, death and sexuality. Tulips, which bloom for a short time, are conversely represented in the chosen medium, invoking durability, immortality and the endurance of our species.
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