Famous artist Jeff Koons designs! Should we see?
Jeff Koons is a very famous artist who uses aids to make metallic giant balloon animals and ceramic Michael Jackson with Bubbles and a naked lady coming out of a banana. His net worth is over $100,000,000.00 and he loves to represent the banal.
But wanna know what he thinks ain’t banal? What he thinks rules?
And he just partnered up with Jake Burton to make a $5000.00 board. Should we read about it in the New York Times?
Of course we should!
Around three years ago, at the urging of his children, the artist Jeff Koons learned how to snowboard. To his surprise, he fell in love with the sport — and it wasn’t just shreddin’ the gnar that captivated him.
“There’s this sense of vastness that overcomes you,” Mr. Koons said. “It’s an extremely philosophical, transcendent sport. You really feel connected to something much, much vaster than yourself. There’s a sense of space and time as very vast.”
As fate would have it, one of Mr. Koons’s former studio employees works at the Chill Foundation, a charity established by Jake and Donna Carpenter, the founders of Burton snowboards. The foundation helps children from underserved communities learn through competitive sport.
After Mr. Koons and Mr. Carpenter became friends, a new snowboard was born. Called the Philosopher, it marries Mr. Koons’s artistic skills and Mr. Carpenter’s technical finesse. In his design, Mr. Koons included a likeness of Plato and a rendering of the allegory of the cave (from Plato’s “Republic”).
“He wanted to use his creativity to create the best graphic ever,” Mr. Carpenter said. “I always thought of myself as a perfectionist. Let’s just say, not anymore. He takes it to a whole other level.”
Mr. Carpenter handled the board’s technical specifications, most notably making it a twin tip, meaning that a snowboarder can ride forward and backward. The tail is as wide as the nose.
Only 50 boards were made. The plan is for them to be sold, for $5,000 each, at an event in New York City, with all proceeds going to the Chill Foundation.
“We’ve done so many co-labels with so many organizations, but I don’t think we’ve ever done one with an individual who had such a passion for the sport,” Mr. Carpenter said.
Mr. Koons’s enthusiasm was apparent when he described how the act of planting both feet on a single board encourages a physical and spiritual convergence.
“There’s a sense of oneness,” Mr. Koons said. “No longer is it a left side-right side. You’re riding the board as one. I’ve never had a greater experience. Finally, you’re one again.”
Soooooo are you excited to see this best graphic ever?
Can you wait?
Here it is!
What the fuck.
That is ugly and NOT the best graphic ever. It is not even close.
And hello Eiki Helgason! You are still the winner! A better artist than Jeff Koons! $100,000,000.00 is basically in your pocket!