Bilboa’s puppy:  making a house a home.



A house is a home when it has a house pet. True? True. The Guggenheim Bilbao Museum that houses an art collection of significant international artists needed (according to Jeff Koons) a dog.  Koons who was was engaged by the guggenheim Bilboa struck on the idea of a West Highland terrier (Koons owns a terrier). With his computer Jeff Koons created andexecuted an XXL floral patchwork of bedding flowers. A living sculpture  of changing colour, texture and look in step with the seasons.


This immense floral canine, guards the entrance on the plaza entry to  the museum, Gehry’s architectural masterpiece. As it transpired in 1997 the puppy needed protection. Disguised are gardeners ETA separatists approached the sculpture with remote-controlled grenades planted in flower pots. The drama that unravelled cost the life of a policeman Jose Mariá Aguirre. The bombing was prevented. The Guggenheim Koons Puppy nowofficially stands on Aguirre Plaza.


The Bilboa Puppy was one of a litter. Koons workwent on tour and exhibited in many countries from Germany to Australia,  and some finding new permanent owners and homes.  


The Must watch:

Koons idea:

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The Botany:

The Whole Hog:  one hour, in depth BBC on Jeff Koons: