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. 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 …

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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 …

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

  6. 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 ….

  7. 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.

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

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