Now anyone can buy a Jeff Koons ‘style’ balloon dog in stainless steel polished to perfection. A Chinese company, VLA Sculpture is selling balloon dog sculptures online at a fraction of the cost of the originals.
A leading Chinese e-commerce portal is currently showing off the spec of their Jeff Koons range in a catalogue. There are eight options based on material (stainless steel or resin). They come in four color options and measure from 19.7 inches high-by 19.7 inches long-by 7.88 inches wide up to 78 inches high-by-78 inches long-by-31.4 inches wide. The larger size sculptures are $5,850 for stainless steel, but just $2,925 for resin.
Rip off designs and intellectual property infringements like Balloon Dog raises more questions than answers. It appears that there is a change in the tides as more artists are actively seeking to purchase the rights to use the work of other artists. This is a particularly sore issue for Jeff Koons who has been at the centre of a multitude of cases surrounding his use of unlicensed material. The legal battles for Koons began a decade ago, costing the artist a great deal in legal fees and out of court settlements for his ability to use the work of others. What is most interesting is that Koons’ legal team now states that the artist is actively seeking to obtain licensed work following the five plus court cases that have surrounded his work. Lets not forget, it was Koons who tried unsuccessfully to sue a Canadian company for making balloon dog bookends, BTW he lost the case after the judge decided that you couldn’t copyright balloon dogs, as they had been around for many years prior to the Koons sculptures.
Order yours now and it will be ready in 20 days, shipped in a “strong wooden carton with waterproof and shockproof foam inside.” Here