American artist Jeff Koons has installed a 45-foot-tall metallic Seated Ballerina in the middle of Rockefeller Center in New York. Often referencing historical imagery and found objects, Koons based Seated Ballerina on a small porcelain figurine. Hosted by Tishman Speyer, and presented by Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Art Production Fund, the sculpture acts as a contemporary iteration of the goddess Venus, and symbolizes notions of beauty and connectivity. Its reflective surface mirrors its immediate environment and engages with each viewer.
The work aims to bring awareness to National Missing Children’s Month this May, in an effort to support organizations like the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) that work tirelessly to create a safer world for children.
“It’s a pleasure to work with Kiehl’s and Art Production Fund on this charitable project. This partnership will increase awareness and help the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children make the world a safer place for children,” said Jeff Koons. “I hope the installation of Seated Ballerina at Rockefeller Center offers a sense of affirmation and excitement to the viewer to reach their potential. The aspect of reflectivity emulates life’s energy; it’s about contemplation and what it means to be a human being. It’s a very hopeful piece.”
The installation is on view at Rockefeller Center from now through June 2, 2017.
all images © Jeff Koons / photo by Tom Powel Imaging