Mound of Flowers (1991)
About this artwork
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.
- title: Mound of Flowers
- accession number: AR00076
- artist: Jeff KoonsAmerican (born 1955)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Sculpture
- date created: 1991
- measurements: 40.00 x 113.50 x 94.50 cm
- credit line: 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
- copyright: © JEFF KOONS
Koons was born in Pennsylvania. Before becoming an artist he worked as a successful commodities broker on Wall Street. In Koons's early work he displayed everyday items such as vacuum cleaners and basketballs in glass cases, making them both aesthetic objects and social icons. In so doing, the artist raises questions of consumerism and taste. He has also exhibited kitsch items made on an enlarged scale from materials such as porcelain and polychromed wood. Both Koons himself and the everyday items in his work become commodities. The artist himself featured in a number of sexually explicit photographs and sculptures.