Bread City Basketball


Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank, by Jeff Koons

Enclosed in the watery vitrines, the basketballs become idealised objects which may refer to nostalgia or ambition – either way they are unattainable… Over a period of six months the balls gradually sink to the bottom of the tank and have to be reset. Because of this, they may be seen as representing transience, human frailty and vulnerability to change in fortune.

-Elizabeth Manchester on Jeff Koons’ seminal 1985 basketball sculpture

Jeff Koons Spalding Sculpture

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how come the tank on the website image, looks half full ( optimist ) because at the Tate, Liverpool 05-10-2010 it was full and the way it ( seems to or actually does? ) turns 2D from 3D at certain angles is amazing, but the main question is this- ( are you ready and I would apreciate the truth please ) what happened th the forth Spalding Basketball that was ( at one time ) present in the tank alongside the other three?

ps. Did it dis-appear into the forth dimention 4D??????????

Comment by paul O mahon

So he filled up a tank half full with water, put three basketballs in it, wrote a sentance about it that sounds fancy, and sold it for thousands? Why dont we all do this? And when we do, it doesnt sell for nearly as much-let alone sell at all?

Comment by Joe the jiant Banana

That’s because since the beginning of his career, he has always made sure to pay for a good publicist.

Comment by Jake




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