Nosy Neighbor: What’s happening with the Jeff Koons sculpture at 7 WTC?
H. writes: “Balloon Flower has gone missing for over a year. Any ideas? He’s very tacky … but I really miss it.”
I totally agree on all fronts with H. — and here’s hoping “he” (let’s go with it) will be back soon. It has indeed been a year since the sculpture was removed. The building’s PR agent says it is being refurbished by the artist in Europe and while they don’t have a timeline for its return, it seems that is the intention. But I am also a bit confused by this response since Koons lives and works here in the city (but maybe his fabricator is in Europe??)
The Balloon Flowers are part of Koons’ Celebration series, and are made from mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. If you recall, ours was red, but they also came in blue, magenta, yellow and orange. The 9-foot sculpture was installed in 2006 in what is actually called Silverstein Family Park, designed by Tribeca’s own Ken Smith. David Dunlap had this review of the unveiling, along with this nice comment from David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which designed 7 World Trade: “We thought everybody would walk by it and smile.”