Mound of Flowers
© Jeff Koons

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Mound of Flowers 1991
  • Artist Rooms
In 'Mound of Flowers', Koons uses a motif commonly used to symbolise spiritual and physical love. It was heavily inspired by the ornamental designs in Rococo churches, while Koons himself has cited Massacio’s 'Expulsion from the Garden of Eden' as one of the sources for the 'Made in Heaven' series. Koons has also stated that the ‘Mound of Flowers’, even though it is quite an external image, can indicate the surface of a mental landscape. Traditional glass workers made the sculpture, comprised of coloured glass, on the island of Murano, Italy.

Glossary Open

Eroticism

The state of sexual arousal or the ability to arouse sexual feelings.

Motif

A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Rococo

Rococo refers to a style of art which emerged in early eighteenth century France under the reign of Louis XV. It is characterised by elaborate ornamentation, which includes scrolls, flora and animal forms. As a style it was not just associated with painting and sculpture, but also interior design, architecture, furniture, fabric and tableware.

Eroticism, Motif, Rococo

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00076
  • Medium Glass
  • Size 40.00 x 113.50 x 94.50 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008