- Posted July 2, 2014 by
New York, New York
Whimsy Comes to Rock Center
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.