After several years of waiting and polemic, Jeff Koons’ Bouquet of Tulips will be finally set up in the gardens of the Petit Palais in Paris.
For the record, this monumental piece was a gift from American artist Jeff Koons to the City of Paris in tribute to the 2015 terror attacks.
“The location, it’s the Musée des Beaux-Arts of the City of Paris, the Petit Palais, just behind the Grand Palais. Around the Petit Palais, there are municipal parks in which there’s a spot available. Jeff Koons came to Paris yesterday and we did it all yesterday” Paris Mayor deputy entrusted with culture Christophe Girard said this Friday October 12, 2018 on France Inter radio waves.
“Bouquet of Tulips” is a bronze work that is 10-m (32.80-ft) tall and 8-m (26.24-ft) wide, weighing 27 tons and depicting a hand holding multicolor tulips.
In the beginning, the location was far from being delimited. Rumor had it that the work could have been set between the Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. A choice that has been criticized by players of the culture world in a column published on January 21, 2018 in Libération.
Palais de Tokyo chairman Jean de Loisy also expressed his reluctance regarding the setting up of Bouquet of Tulips. Because of its weights, the installation of the work would have led to months of work to reinforce the lower gallery of the Palais de Tokyo.
In a piece released this Wednesday August 21, 2019, Le Parisien precises that the impressive hand of the bouquet of tulips will arrive on the Champs-Elysées in Paris in the night from Thursday to Friday "by special convoy" from Germany. The installation is expected to start this Friday morning, at 5 a.m., safe from prying looks with the hand and the two tulips. The rest of the tulips will arrive by "normal convoy". The work is expected to be totally done by mid-September 2019 according to Emmanuelle de Noirmont who manages Art Production and in charge of implementing the project.
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