A Blooming Statue!

This giant flower sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier puppy is part of the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Jeff Koons' Puppy

Designed in 1992 by Jeff Koons – an American artist renowned for his “Neo-Pop art –  for an art exhibition in Arolsen Castle, Germany, it was purchased by the Bilbao museum in 1997 (after a short stint in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney) and has graced its terrace ever since.

Standing 43 feet tall, the enormous blooming statue comprises a stainless steel frame, permeable geo-textile fabric, soil and carefully arranged, real flowering plants including Marigolds, Begonias, Impatiens, Petunias, and Lobelias! It is also reputed to have its own internal irrigation system!

Fun, whimsical and a wee bit kitschy.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

46 thoughts on “A Blooming Statue!

  1. So true yet so easy to forget, am I all right to repost this on my own
    website in addition to some annotations?

  2. What a beautiful statue! I like how the flowers create it’s various colors. It must take a lot of work to maintain the statue.

  3. It’s so very creative the way they do these beautiful floral sculptures. It brought to mind the Rose Bowl parade on New Year’s day in California. Here in Florida, Disney, puts on a Spring Flower dhow with many sculptures created with Spring flowers.
    Nice post ….

  4. Brilliant post Madhu , what I can say a total arrangement for this week theme ,
    Thanks for sharing my friend 🙂

  5. Amazing statue … amazing building, but the rest .. I wasn’t impressed by – plus that people i Bilbo was very rude and ignorant. Great shot … wonder what happen to my photos – have to look around …

  6. Excellent captured – what a amazing large bouquet of flowers – really a creative sculpture of a west highland terrier puppy… 🙂

  7. I’m sure Puppy must be very happy in Bilbao, with all the attention he gets. In his short stay in Sydney he attracted millions (well over a million, I think – including me, lucky girl!) and looked like a kaleidoscopic dream, perched beside the Quay, with the Opera House and Bridge as backdrops.

    I’m sure he has an irrigation system, though maintenance and seasonal replanting must still be a bit of a never ending project – come to think of it, what a job!

  8. Fantastic- requires much seasonal maintenance too!

  9. what a wonderful sight madhu! now that is a good reason to visit bilbao …. i love what these large artworks do to our perception, changing things subtly to create fresh views of everything when you least expect it …

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