A 40-foot sculpture gifted to Paris by American pop artist Jeff Koons is being mocked by some residents as bad — and downright pornographic.
The work, which was unveiled near the Champs-Elysées Friday, is of a large hand grasping a bouquet of colorful, balloon-like tulips.
It is meant to symbolize US solidarity with the French people in the wake of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.
But since “Bouquet of Tulips” was made public, some Parisians have been blasting the work as a total flop.
“Eleven colored anuses mounted on stems,” wrote philosopher Yves Michaud Monday in French magazine L’Obs, adding that he felt it was “in fact, a pornographic sculpture.”
French columnist Eric Naulleau criticized Koons for “imposing his poor bouquet of tulips” on Paris and tweeted Monday that the artwork was “dreadful.”
Other Twitter users were just as unimpressed.
“I find Jeff Koons’ kitsch neo-pop style totally devoid of interest,” wrote user Gilles Brandet. “His work is eye-candy for philistines.”
Another person tweeted that Parisians would “now think that tulips are large colored marshmallows.”
At the inauguration ceremony, which was attended by some families of the victims, the American pop artist called the flowers “a symbol that life moves forward” adding that they “represent loss, rebirth and the vitality of the human spirit.”
“I did, as a citizen in New York, experience 9/11 and the depression that hung over the city and it really took years for the city to be able to come to life again,” Koons said, according to The Guardian.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said she was happy to unveil the work, calling it a “magnificent symbol of freedom and friendship” and a “beautiful gift.”
Patricia Correia, whose daughter was killed in the attack at the Bataclan concert hall said the sculpture was “a very strong testament” to France’s relationship with the US.
“To me, it represents the colors of life,” she said.
Koons’ intention to gift a sculpture to the City of Lights was announced in 2015 and mired in a years-long feud over its cost and location.