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    Posted July 2, 2014 by
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    Whimsy Comes to Rock Center

     
    My  friend and I walked past Rockefeller Center today, on our way to see a matinee performance of a Broadway show.  In the spot where the Christmas tree normally stands is a giant topiary called "Split Rocker", a whimsical installation by the famed artist, Jeff Koons.    Split Rocker stands 37 feet tall and towers over the Prometheus Statue, overlooking the plaza below. You can't help but smile when you see this just a giant sculpture  of cuteness!

    The design of the piece was inspired by  his Koons's son's rocking horse and a toy dinosaur - the cartoonish heads of the two animals were melded into one to form the head of a child's rocker. 

    Some 50,000 live flowers including petunias, begonias and geraniums adorn the surface of the piece - everything is watered by an irrigation system, embedded within Split Rocker's armature.   As of today, the flowers have yet to fully fill out but  the entire piece should be fully covered and even more colorful in a few short weeks.  

    The piece was installed on June 27, in conjunction with the opening of Koons's first  ever retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art,  and will remain at Rockefeller Center until September 12.

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