Jeff Koons Discusses Inspiration and Design of Balloon Dog

Jeff Koons is an American artist most notable for his reproductions of commonplace items. His balloon style sculptures -- produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces -- have fetched astronomical sums at auction. In November, 2013, his Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for $58.4 million, becoming the most expensive work sold by a living artist at auction.

In the following interview, Koons talks about his Celebration Series, which he started in 1994, most notably the Balloon Dog. Koons discusses his attention to detail, as a way to keep the viewer engaged for as long as possible. He reveals that his design inspiration for his inflatable pieces comes from us: Humans are breathing machines. We breathe in, and that inhalation is as a symbol of optimism and the future; we breathe out, and that exhalation symbolizes death. Koons describes the Balloon Dog as “eternally optimistic,” capturing that moment of inhalation inside forever. Watch as Koons describes his iconic style.