Wynn Las Vegas Acquires Tulips Sculpture by Jeff Koons for $33.6m

By Paul Joseph

Guests visiting the Wynn Las Vegas hotel resort can now enjoy an extravagant piece of art after the luxury residence took ownership of "Tulips", a sculpture by world renowned artist Jeff Koons.

Bought for a cool $33.6 million at auction in November, the eye-catching sculpture represents a bouquet of twisted balloon flowers, which have been cast in stainless steel and transparent colour coating – offering a kaleidoscope of colour that is the hallmark of so many of Koons' works.

Created in five distinct versions, "Tulips" is the culmination of Koons’ Celebration series of sculptures that explore the concept of child-like innocence and chart the landmarks of the passing year.

Steve Wynn, Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, said: “Many people believe that Jeff Koons is one of the most important living artists on canvas and in sculpture in the world today.

“I’m happy to be one of those people and particularly delighted to share with our guests his magnificent creation of the 'Tulips' sculpture, which is now gracing the intersection of Wynn and Encore in our resort, near our showroom lobby. If you see them you will find the experience totally delicious.”

Koon himself added: “'Tulips' is a symbol of hope and the strength of life’s energy. It reflects the viewer to affirm the viewer’s existence.

“I am thrilled to be in the Wynn collection. Steve Wynn is known for collecting great works of Modern and Contemporary art so to be able to have my sculpture, 'Tulips', included in his collection has profound meaning to me.”

The Koons sculpture is just the latest artwork to grace the Wynn Las Vegas' presence. Works by the renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero as well as Raoul Dufy, Miriam Schapiro, Frank Owen, Tim Bavington, Viola Frey and Kazumi Yoshida are already publically displayed throughout the luxury resort.

A luxury hotel and destination casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip, Wynn Las Vegas features 2,716 guest rooms and suites, a 111,000 square foot casino, 15 restaurants, a nightclub, spa and salon, an on-site 18-hole golf course, an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership, and 74,000 square feet of retail space.

By Paul Joseph