Whether or not one is an art enthusiast, chances are he or she has seen the larger-than-life Balloon Dog sculpture. Created by American artist Jeff Koons since the 90s, the stainless steel sculpture has been auctioned for over 58 million at Christie’s New York sales in 2013. The artwork is valuable mostly for its perfect depiction of banality – a thing that Koons is most known for.
“It is about celebration and childhood and color and simplicity – but it’s also a Trojan horse,” said Koons about the sculpture. “It’s a Trojan horse to the whole body of art work.”
It is a breakthrough then, if more than a handful of people could bring the dog home. Bernardaud makes it possible with its high-profile collaboration with Koons. The renowned French porcelain maker produces collectible plates, adorned with miniatures of the dog.
Bloomberg reports that it takes five years for Bernardaud to develop a technology to create a highly reflective transparent coating that meets Koons’ specific requirements. The end product is a precious home decor that requires careful handling.
According to Bernardaud, the plate “simulates the mirror-polished stainless steel of the monumental sculpture with its metallic yellow finish,” which is then affixed to a shiny porcelain plate. “This highly complex project required the skill and expertise of modelers, decorators, and glazers within the workshop of the company, and new technologies were created in order to meet the artist’s requirements.”
Bernardaud x Jeff Koons’ latest update is a series titled “The Balloon Dog Porcelain Series by Bernardaud”, which Bika has brought over to Jakarta. After its first appearance at the recent Art Square at Art Stage Jakarta 2017, the Bernardaud x Jeff Koons collection is now available at its Plaza Indonesia store.
Also not to be missed are Bernardaud collaborations with Marina Abramovic, Prune Nourry & JR, Vik Muniz, Sophie Calle, Kara Walker, Marc Chagall and Alexander Calder.