Wynn Las Vegas has unveiled its newest work of public art, “Tulips,” by Jeff Koons, which sits in the Wynn Theater rotunda. “Tulips” is a colorful sculpture made from more than 3 tons of mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating.
The sculpture was acquired at auction in November 2012 for a price of $33,682,500. The legendary piece is the sculptural culmination of Koons’ “Celebration” series, which explore the concept of child-like innocence and chart the landmarks of the passing year — in this instance, spring.
Created in five unique versions, “Tulips” is one of the largest and most complex sculptures in the series. The sculpture represents a bouquet of twisted balloon flowers. The gleaming surface and vivid color palette of the sculpture reflect both the viewer and itself, resulting in a kaleidoscope of color and near infinite reflections.
“Tulips is a symbol of hope and the strength of life’s energy,” said Jeff Koons. “It reflects the viewer to affirm the viewer’s existence…”
Koons gained acclaim for his public sculptures, such as the monumental floral sculpture “Puppy” (1992) shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Another floral sculpture, “Split-Rocker” (2000), was installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Palace of Versailles and Fondation Beyeler. Koons has also received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Most recently, Hillary Clinton recognized Koons for his participation in the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies program with the first-ever Medal of Art.
“Many people believe that Jeff Koons is one of the most important living artists on canvas and in sculpture in the world today,” said Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn in a press release. “I’m happy to be one of those people and particularly delighted to share with our guests his magnificent creation of the ‘Tulips’ sculpture, which is now gracing the intersection of Wynn and Encore in our resort, near our showroom lobby. If you see them you will find the experience totally delicious.”