Superstar artist Jeff Koons will soon be unveiling a giant, flower-covered sculpture called “Split-Rocker” at Rockefeller Center. Presented by the Public Art Fund, the massive statue is set to open on June 27th, and will boast a “living green skin” made from fresh flowers and greens. The verdant horse head will greet visitors at 30 Rock all summer, and will coincide with Koons’ solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The awe-inspiring “Split-Rocker” is already being assembled and passersby have been watching its metal frame go up over the past week. The giant sculpture will rise 37-feet-high and weigh 150 tons once complete. Like an over-sized Chia pet, the sculpture, which depicts the head of a half pony/half dinosaur, will sprout a living garden once it is complete. A mixture of vines, greens, and yellow and pink flowers will adorn the outside, creating a beautiful three dimensional flower arrangement. Much like a topiary, the sculpture combines art and gardening on a grandiose scale.
Before “Split-Rocker” arrived at Rockefeller Center, the sculpture made headlines in the gardens at Versailles; the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland; and the Palais des Papes in Avignon.
Once open, viewers will be able to watch the sculpture change as its skin of flowers morphs throughout the season. Located in the famed courtyard above the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, the artpiece will be seen by thousands before it is taken down on September 12.