$8 Million Jeff Koons Sculpture Commissioned by Sacramento Basketball Team

A rendering of Jeff Koon's Coloring Book sculpture at the Kings new arena. Photo: Sacramento Kings.

The City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Kings have announced that they will commission Jeff Koons to create a Coloring Book sculpture to be permanently displayed at the basketball team’s new arena, the Sacramento Bee reports. According to a press release, the colorful stainless steel sculpture is “intended to capture a child’s ecstatic enjoyment of the world.”

The Kings, the city, and three team owners will contribute $8 million for the commissioned Koons, while local arts benefactress, Marcy Friedman, will donate an additional $1.5 million which will be used for commissions from local artists to decorate the arena.

The new $477 million arena is scheduled to open in October 2016, and its $9.5 million arts budget is set to become the region’s largest investment in public arts in the 38-year history of Sacramento’s “Art in Public Places Program.” The program requires that at least 2% of the budget for public construction projects be allocated to public arts.

Director of the Crocker Art Museum, Lial Jones, told the Sacramento Bee “Jeff Koons is perhaps the biggest art star in the world today. I think it’s an extremely significant work for Sacramento, and it will become an iconic image for the city.”

Koons added, “With all the excitement around the new arena, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to have my work prominently displayed in Sacramento. To have Coloring Book interact with the vibrancy of the city and its citizens is going to be fantastic.”

The Sacramento City Council will vote to ratify the contract with Koons on March 10.

For reviews of the Koons retrospective at the Whitney, see Ben Davis’s Jeff Koons as the Art World’s Great White Hope and Strictly Critical Video: Gopnik and Viveros-Fauné at the Whitney’s Koons Retrospective.

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