Jeff Koons’s ‘Rabbit‘ began as an inflatable, store-bought, plastic toy. Its transformation started when Koons bought it, blew it up, and had it cast in highly polished stainless steel. It has crinkled ears like an inflatable toy, a spherical head, and bulbous appendages, yet its face is blank. While it appears to be a shiny, lightweight, Mylar balloon, it is actually quite heavy and hard and stands 41 inches tall.

Rabbit’s surface also calls to mind the use of shiny metals in both historical and social contexts. According to Koons, ‘Polished objects have often been displayed by the church and by wealthy people to set a stage of both material security and enlightenment of spiritual nature; the stainless steel is a fake reflection of that stage.’


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