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Koons Balloon Bunny Hops Up in Manhattan

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Jeff Koons, one of the most famous artists to come out of the East Village gallery scene, is back on his old stomping grounds, sort of. His sculpture “Balloon Rabbit (Red)” (2005-2010) has taken over the lobby of 51 Astor Place, a new building adjacent to the embattled art and architecture school the Cooper Union that has been built by collector Edward J. Minskoff’s firm, Edward Minksoff Equities, Inc. When ARTINFO swung by to see the perky red rabbit this morning, passing pedestrians appeared pleased by the playful piece of (quasi-)public art.

The 6,600-pound sculpture is a powerful and eye-popping visual anchor for an otherwise mediocre office building, where — according to Art in America’s Brian Boucher — rents run as high as $115 a square foot. The Koons bunny will be on view in the building lobby indefinitely, but don’t miss your chance to see this pricey collector’s item in person before it hops into one of Minskoff’s less accessible properties.

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— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

(Photos by the author.)

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