Jan 30, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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American artist Jeff Koons has met with the French culture minister – in the mist of a debate over a monumental sculpture he plans to offer Paris – as a memorial to victims of the 2015 terror attacks.

Two dozen people from the worlds of French art and entertainment have signed an open letter – urging the city to refuse Koons’ Bouquet of Tulips – calling the project “shocking” – and its creator too commercially driven.

Koons donated the design in 2016 – but not the cost to produce or install the sculpture – which is expected to weigh almost 40 tons – and stand nearly 12-meters high.

The project’s direct and associated costs reportedly run to several million dollars – with private sponsors expected to pay some of the total.

The Koons sculpture is intended to be installed on a museum hill – with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

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