Pre-Ramble: I have had some inquiries on the topiary crown featured in yesterday’s post (another shot shown at right) … Where is this in London? … Are those real flowers? … Was it created by Jeff Koons? …
So, I did a little digging, and the answers to those questions are: St. James Park; yes; and no.
Apparently, in commemoration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this past summer, The Royal Parks teamed up with its contractors to install the magnificent floral crown on the north side of the lake in St. James’s Park (“… London’s prettiest park, just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace … “)
This horticultural wonder is a replica of St. Edwards Crown, the one worn by the Queen at her coronation ceremony in 1953. The topiary crown, which took five weeks to construct, is almost 10 feet tall and weighs nearly 5 tons. It “sparkles with the brilliant blooms of 13,500 plants in the colors of the precious stones used in the actual crown –sapphire, tourmaline, amethyst, topaz, citrine and gold.”
Contemporary artist, Jeffrey Koons was not the mastermind behind the royal plantage, but one could easily have thought that given his kitschy canine sculpture done in the same medium (shown below).
Koon’s “Puppy” was initially commissioned by a group of art dealers for Arolsen Castle in Bad Arolsen, Germany. The 43 foot tall sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier was created using a variety of flowers – up to 60,000 plants at one point – including Marigolds, Begonias, Impatiens and Lobelias which are secured to a stainless steel substructure with an internal irrigation system. The piece was purchased by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1997 and installed outside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.
(In the summer of 2000, Puppy traveled to New York City for a temporary exhibition at Rockefeller Center – Woof!)
The Take-Away: So, there’s the poop on that … And, I’d like to suggest a random act of art … a super-sized rawhide bone installed alongside the Puppy in Bilbao.