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  • Split-Rocker sculpture by Jeff Koons, Rockefeller Center, New York

  • Split-Rocker sculpture by Jeff Koons, Rockefeller Center, New York

  • Split-Rocker sculpture by Jeff Koons, Rockefeller Center, New York

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Jeff Koons’ Split-Rocker sculpture takes over New York

The summer of 2014 definitely belonged to Jeff Koons. The celebrated artist presented his first-ever retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York, running until October 19 (check out here our special coverage), and also took over the Rockefeller Center with his giant Split-Rocker sculpture. The 37-foot tall installation impressed the New Yorkers with its cubist form and its 50,000 flowering plants, among them begonias, geraniums, petunias and fuchsias. Split-Rocker was first exhibited at Palais des Papes in Avignon (2000), and in continuation at Château de Versailles (2008) and Fondation Beyeler (2012). It also forms part of the permanent collection of the Glenstone museum in Potomac, Maryland, where it has been on view since June, 2013.

Koons was inspired by two toy rockers that belonged to his son, a pony and a dinosaur, which he combined in one. The split between the two halves of the sculpture, when enlarged to the scale of a small house, becomes a giant opening that evokes a fantasy shelter, a magic cave that opens a path to another dimension. Split-Rocker also pays homage to the topiary works and small-scale floral sculptures that are often found in vernacular festivals, with its internal structure supporting an extensive irrigation system. The giant sculpture is an excellent follow-up to Koons’ legendary Puppy of 1992, which was also presented at the Rockefeller Center in the summer of 2000 and is exhibited permanently at the Guggenheim museum of Bilbao.