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Jeff Koonss balloon dog sculptures are cultural icons. Blown up to an exceptional size, these balloon animal sculptures take on a life of their own and reflect the world around them in cartoonish colors.
The original Celebration sculptures are crafted with mirror-polished stainless steel that is coated in transparent colors to create a faux latex finish. Although the broad collection includes roses, tulips, hearts, snakes, eggs, and more, two specific styles have dominated the art worlds attention: balloon dogs and balloon rabbits.
Koonss pop culture-inspired artwork is clearly reminiscent of postwar greats, including Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. Just like Warhol, the Koons balloon dogs and rabbits have cemented their position in world-renowned art galleries and at-home display shelves. Unsurprisingly, Koons celebrates this far-reaching level of accessibility.
In an interview with The Guardian, Koons said, Thats what Im going for, that sense of familiarity... to remove judgment and hierarchy. Every object is a metaphor for yourself. In both his art and interviews, Koons frequently digs into what he calls the removal of hierarchy.
But what does the removal of hierarchy look like for everyday art collectors?
In 2013, Jeff Koonss Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for $58 million dollars and briefly set the record for the highest priced piece of art sold by a living artist. Then in 2017, he partnered with Bernardaud in France to recreate limited-edition porcelain sculptures that are priced just shy of $50,000. By contrast, the lowest-priced knockoff on Aliexpress sells (without permission and with disappointing detail) for just $8.73.
Editions Studio, Metal Ballon Dog. Silver, blue box+1
stepped in to create affordable, yet exceptional multiples that are inspired by great modern artists. Following Jeff Koonss commitment to accessibility, Editions Studio creates collectible éditions at reasonable prices. In fact, these Koons-inspired sculptures have been showcased and sold at famous galleries and auction houses around the world.
Koonss Celebration balloon dogs and rabbits are simple by design, which adds importance to every detail. Browsing for low-quality sculptures online, its immediately clear that not every Koons-inspired creator takes the time to get it right.
Smooth, sculptural curves make the balloons feel more believable, and the balloon tail has to be just the right size to reinforce a sense of lifelike scale. Material, above all, is one element that Editions Studio
is committed to recreating as closely as possible. Theyre the worlds first and only producer of metal Koons-inspired balloon dogs and rabbits.
Koons artist notes have explained that his balloon animals represent the enormity of human life and breath that keeps us going. Editions Studio is breathing life into the art world with affordable, accessible recreations of iconic designs. But unlike most other producers, this studio isnt compromising the experience of owning high-value art.
balloon rabbits and dogs are made with metal just like Koons originals. Theyre also packaged in archival-grade boxes and authenticated with unique holograms and QR codes. Now Koons fans can take home a miniature part of the metal balloon dog collection without a $58 million dollar price tag.