Jeff Koons' Hanging Heart (Gold/Magenta), installed just this week, is a bright gold heart, which measures some 9 1/2 feet wide, adorned with an enormous magenta stainless steel “ribbon.” It hangs from the ribbed ceiling of one of the museum’s glass-walled bridges.
The Hanging Heart (Gold/Magenta) is one of five unique versions created by Koons, each with a different transparent color coating. It is the only one, however, that was retained by the artist until sold directly to Crystal Bridges in 2013, according to a museum press release.
The Hanging Heart sculptures are part of the series titled Celebration, which began in 1994.
The museum says a specially fabricated system had to be created to support the installation of the sculpture, which weighs in at more than 3,000 pounds and is now suspended from the arched, pine-beamed ceiling of the bridge building housing the museum’s restaurant, Eleven.
Installation took place on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The sculpture is now available for public viewing.
Jeff Koons is an American artist best known in pop culture for his sculpture of Micheal Jackson with his pet chimp Bubbles.