Illustrator Jon Burgerman crafts miniature versions of the American artist’s 10-foot-tall metal art piece
While the original sculpture by Koons is made out of multi-colored aluminum, Burgerman’s tiny sculptures are actually made out of real Play-Doh.
Koons’ 10-foot tall sculpture reportedly took 20 years to complete and is currently on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York as part of the artist’s exhibition called “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective.” The exhibition is Koons’ first major museum presentation in New York City and is the first time that almost the entire Marcel Breuer building is utilized for the work of a single artist. “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” will be at Whitney through October 19.
Burgerman announced that he would set up a pop-up stall outside the Whitney Museum on August 2 to display and sell his miniature versions of the Play-Doh sculpture.
According to Burgerman on his website,
It is more real than the real thing. Instead of taking 20 years to make, it only took about 20 seconds. It’s pretty cheap too.
The Play-Doh mini replicas are encased in a 3 x 3 x 3 inch clear display box and come with a certificate of authenticity.
Based on Burgerman’s blog post about Small Edition, it seems the idea for creating the miniature sculptures came from a statement made by Jeff Koons at an H&M; party to celebrate the launch of Koons’ limited edition “Balloon Dog” purse. Koons explained that he wants his work to be accessible to people. Burgerman writes that through Small Edition people can now access Koons’ work, and based on the updates on his Facebook page, it seems some people have taken advantage of the opportunity and purchased their own Small Edition sculpture.
Jon Burgerman is based in New York City and is known for his “Doodle” art style. His art is described as a mix of pop culture, urban art, and fine art, and he has created art in various forms including large-scale murals, canvases, sculptures, toys, clothing, design, print, and even human skin in the form of tattoos or temporary drawings.