Has Wallis Annenberg unfriended Jeff Koons? Easily missed in the spate of recent articles about the plight of Koons' Train is this jaw-dropper from Annenberg (in the October Vanity Fair profile by Bob Colacello): "I personally think Los Angeles deserves a much finer icon than a train hanging from a crane."
Ouch. To put that in context: It was Annenberg who put up the $2 million for Train's feasibility study. By definition a feasibility study may determine that a project is impractical. So Annenberg was once so stoked on Train that she was willing to venture $2 million on the mere possibility of determining that it could be realized. The results of that study — or even whether it's been completed — have not been made public. But Koons is talking like fabrication can start the moment anyone writes a check.
The mystery is why Annenberg soured on the project. The Koons piece was "a train hanging from a crane" when announced in February 2007 — and that's still exactly what it is.