Acquired by Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the 40-foot tall “Puppy,” is an irrigated, ever-growing sculpture of living flowers based on Koons’ 1991 sculpture “White Terrier.” Inspired by 18th century royal garden design, “Puppy” is simultaneously lavish and sincere, “a monument to the sentimental.” This original-run Koons Puppy Vase is a more intimate gesture towards the original flower sculpture. While many read Koons’ work as ironic, Koons “insists his practice is earnest and optimistic.”Of this iconic work, he says “The vase is a symbol of love, warmth, and happiness.” It is hard to think of better symbols of love, warmth, and happiness in our culture than puppies and flowers. Koons has drawn much discussion over his relentless exploration of mass culture and Pop-pleasures, but it’s hard to deny the true pleasures of this finely modeled ceramic white terrier. It’s a touchingly sweet artistic moment in the long and varied career of one of the world’s most influential artists. For more information on this Jeff Koons Puppy Vase, contact Leah Gordon Gallery.