Just when we thought 2016 couldn’t get any worse, one of Jeff Koons’ miniature Balloon Dogs suffered a horrible accident—another legend gone way too soon. As if Art Basel wasn’t tragic enough, the magenta statue mysteriously fell off its ledge yesterday, during the Miami Design Fair.
Koons and his sculptures, which range from $9,000 to $58 million, have been both lauded and criticized by artists and collectors. Maybe one of his critics put the poor pup down.
“It just fell out of the display,” said Ally Shapiro, a collector who witnessed the tragedy. “But the girl standing next to it had it cleaned up in five seconds.”
At least there was some time for people to pay their respects. Do balloon dogs go to heaven, too? RIP.