We are all mesmerized by Jeff Koons’ Hanging Heart which sold at Sotheby’s for $27 million, and which is one of five versions he created for his ”Celebration” series. This 3500 pound piece is powerful, well-crafted, and nine-feet tall, and it is made of chromium stainless steel coated with ten layers of paint—a true hanging wonder.
Next to Koons’ Balloon Flower, Balloon Dog, or Puppy (which once graced the entrance of the Guggenheim Bilbao), the Hanging Heart represents the embodiment of love and serves as a reminder that there is a child in all of us.
Mariana Carpinisan has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1995, where she serves as an art critic, independent curator, and lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution. She has led more than 60 Smithsonian Journeys. Click here to learn more about traveling with Mariana Carpinisan and to read her biography.