Balloon Flower (Red)
Balloon Flower (Red) by Jeff Koons. This public sculpture is set in the shadow of the new World Trade Center in New York City. The work was commissioned by Larry Silverstein, the businessman who famously signed a lease for the original towers several months before the attacks of 9/11.
傑夫昆斯的氣球花（紅色）。 這座公共雕塑位於紐約市新世界貿易中心的陰影下。 這項工作是由拉里·西爾弗斯坦（Larry Silverstein）委託進行的，拉里·西爾弗斯坦（Larry Silverstein)在9/11事件發生前幾個月就著名的原始塔樓簽訂了租約。
BALLOON FLOWER (Red) is a beautiful mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist, JEFF KOONS. The piece is installed in a small plaza outside 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Overlooking Ground Zero, the art installation is located in a park bounded by Greenwich Street, Vesey Street and West Broadway. The Balloon Flower consists of seven elements: six large blossom- or balloon-like shapes of various sizes, and one bar that can be taken as a flower stem. They are all aglow in bright red, so that they can see themselves and the world around them reflected. It’s been said that the true appeal of the Balloon Flower is that it attracts people to look at it, and then reflects them back at themselves.
Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania on January 21, 1955. As a young man, Koons revered Salvador Dalí. Koons attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and studied painting. After college he worked as a Wall Street commodities broker, while establishing himself as an artist. He gained recognition in the 1980s, and subsequently set up a factory-like studio in a SoHo loft on the corner of Houston and Broadway in New York. This had over 30 staff, each assigned to a different aspect of producing his work—in a similar mode to both Andy Warhol’s Factory and many Renaissance artists. Last year, his art piece “Hanging Heart” sold at Sotheby’s auction house for $23.6 million becoming the most expensive piece by a living artist ever auctioned. It was bought by the Gagosian Gallery which also purchased another Koons sculpture entitled “Diamond (Blue)” for $11.8 million from Christie’s auction house.v
BALLOON FLOWER（紅色）是由國際知名藝術家JEFF KOONS設計的美麗鏡面拋光不銹鋼雕塑。這件作品安裝在曼哈頓下城7世界貿易中心外的一個小廣場上。藝術裝置俯瞰著歸零地，位於格林威治街，Vesey街和西百老彙的公園內。氣球花由七個元素組成：六種不同大小的大花或類似氣球的形狀，以及一個可以作為花莖的酒吧。它們都是鮮紅色的發光，因此它們可以看到自己和周圍的世界反映出來。有人說，氣球花的真正吸引力在於它吸引人們去看它，然後將它們反射回來。
傑夫昆斯於1955年1月21日出生在賓夕法尼亞州約克。作為一個年輕人，昆斯尊敬薩爾瓦多達利。昆斯曾就讀於芝加哥藝術學院和馬里蘭藝術學院，並學習繪畫。大學畢業後，他一直擔任華爾街商品經紀人，同時將自己定位為藝術家。他在20世紀80年代獲得了認可，隨後在紐約休斯敦和百老匯街角的SoHo閣樓中建立了一家工廠式工作室。這裡有超過30名工作人員，每個工作人員分配到不同的方面來製作他的作品 – 與安迪·沃霍爾的工廠和許多文藝復興時期的藝術家類似。去年，他的藝術作品“懸掛的心”在蘇富比拍賣行以2360萬美元的價格出售，成為有史以來拍賣的藝術家中最昂貴的作品。它是由高古軒畫廊購買的，該畫廊還以1180萬美元的價格從佳士得拍賣行購買了另一件名為“鑽石（藍色）”的昆士雕塑。
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