Jeff Koons Gives Giant Bouquet Sculpture to Paris in Honor of Terror Victims

Jeff Koons gifts a "Bouquet of Flowers" to Paris.
Jeff Koons gifts a "Bouquet of Flowers" to Paris.
( Photograph: Jeff Koons via Normontartproduction)

Artist Jeff Koons announced Monday that he will give a monumental sculpture to France in honor of 130 victims lost in November 2015's jihadist attacks on Paris.

The 34-foot bronze, stainless steel and aluminum "Bouquet of Flowers" will depict a bunch of tulips in a hand resembling the Statue of Liberty's, which was once France's gift to the US.

Private donors in France and the US will foot the bill to create the massive piece. Once made, it will reside near the Palais de Tokyo and City of Paris Museum of Modern Art.

"The fact that this great artist has decided to offer to the city of Paris... a monumental artwork is a symbol of generosity and sharing, and shows our capital's ties with the United States are unbreakable," said Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.

The piece will be a “symbol of remembrance, optimism and healing in moving forward from the horrific events that occurred in Paris one year ago,” Koons said.

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