Limoges porcelain with chromatic metalized coating
21 × 24.1 × 16.4 cm (8.3 × 9.5 × 6.5 in)
Signature is placed on the underside of each edition next to the handwritten edition number. The edition is accompanied by a certificate.
Copyright of all images Jeff Koons.
Jeff Koons transforms a simple twisted balloon swan into a reflective magenta porcelain limited edition, Balloon Swan (Magenta). Incorporating the vocabulary of his iconic Celebration sculptures, Balloon Swan, along with two other animals, Balloon Monkey and Balloon Rabbit, marks a spectacular new chapter in Koons’s oeuvre.
The figure of the swan has significant personal resonance for the artist; it was one of the first sculptures Koons made at 9 years old in ceramic, for which the young artist diligently worked on to get the angle of the neck correct. Koons had an epiphany when he first saw the swan’s two-dimensional form on the computer: “Balloon Swan harmonizes sexual energy. If you look at it from the front, it’s totem-like and male. If you go to the side it becomes female. Balloon Swan is reminiscent of classical works, it defines beauty as sexual harmony.”