Meanings In Jeff Koons And Damien Hirst’s Artworks

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Artists suggest meaning in their artmaking practice through their choice and manipulation of materials. The materials chosen to make an artwork can imply a meaning that other materials would not. The ways these materials are used also play a huge part in the significance of an artwork. Artists such as Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst use certain materials and utilize them in ways to convey messages to the audience. This can be seen in artworks such as “Puppy”, “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” and “Rabbit” by Jeff Koons and “The Dream”, “Mother and Child Divided” and “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” by Damien Hirst. “Puppy” by Jeff Koons is a huge sculpture of a West Highland terrier made out of flowers and a steel frame. The structure supports 60 tonnes of soil and over 50,000 flowers including Marigolds, Begonias, Impatiens, Petunias, and Lobelias. “Puppy” is a very big sculpture; it is 12.4 metres tall and takes up a large amount of space. “Puppy” has its own internal irrigation system. The artwork was held outside rather than in a gallery where most art is held. This allows a large audience to view the artwork and not just art lovers. Jeff Koons created this artwork to bring happiness and joy to the general public. Every person who sees “Puppy” responds to it in a positive way. Koons believes “Puppy” to be a symbol of “love, warmth and happiness” and that is what he aimed for people to feel when they look at the artwork. “Puppy” was created in 1992. Although Koons is considered to be the artist of “Puppy” as it was his idea, it was other people who actually made it. Koons hired engineers and horticulturalists to create the artwork because he couldn’t do it himself. Jeff Koons used flowers to make puppy because they are very pleasant to the eye and bring joy to the general public. The flowers are colourful, pretty and make the

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