Jeff Koons transforms a simple twisted balloon swan into reflective yellow porcelain for his limited editionBalloon Swan (Yellow). The originalBalloon Swan,2004–2011, is a monumental sculpture, standing over 3 meters high, in mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating in five unique versions: magenta, red, violet, blue, and yellow.
The figure of the swan has significant personal resonance for the artist; it was one of the first sculptures Koons made at 9 years old in ceramic, for which the young artist diligently worked to get the angle of the neck correct. He worked for over a year and a half for Balloon Swan, shaping its graceful neck.
The swan was elevated to its final monumental form through research, modeling, milling, polishing, and lacquering. His perseverance resulted in a work that alludes to the playfulness of childhood, while its simplified, reflective surface also communicates desire and acceptance.
Koons had an epiphany when he first saw the swan’s two-dimensional form on the computer: “Balloon Swanharmonizes sexual energy. If you look at it from the front, it’s totem-like and male. If you go to the side, it becomes female.Balloon Swanis reminiscent of classical works, it defines beauty as sexual harmony.”