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Koons’ inflatable graced Rockefeller Center

Projects | August 1, 2017 | By:

With “Seated Ballerina,” artist Jeff Koons created his take on the goddess Venus, creating a sense of contemplation and harmony. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

American artist Jeff Koons, well known for vivid and often whimsical takes on pop culture and everyday life, created a show-stopping inflatable sculpture of a ballerina that was installed at Rockefeller Center from May 12 to June 2, 2017. Seated Ballerina was a larger-than-life version of a piece he did for his Antiquity Series that was inspired by a Russian porcelain figurine.

The public art project, sponsored by Rockefeller Plaza’s owner Tishman-Speyer and co-presented by the Art Production Fund and Kiehl’s Since 1851, was designed to raise awareness of National Missing Children’s Month. In conjunction with the exhibit, Koons partnered with Kiehl’s to release limited-edition collectible tins that were free with a purchase from their Midnight Recovery Collection. One hundred percent of the profits (up to $100,000) went to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

The 45-foot inflatable sculpture was made of nylon and wrapped in a reflective surface that literally mirrored the surroundings and caused passersby to see their reflection in the graceful statue. For more, visit

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