A decade ago a Koons Tulips on loan from the Broad collection suffered minor damage while displayed outdoors at LACMA. The L.A. Times reported that "at an opening event, apparently a bracelet worn by a reveler scratched the piece. Subsequent close encounters have left scuff marks. In one case a toddler threw his arms around one of the flowers."
Even slight damage to a mirror finish is noticeable. Tulips was sent back to its German fabricator for repair and is now on view, indoors, at the Broad.
The Monkey's sign is clear on the ground rules ("Please do not pet the monkey!… do not touch the sculpture, sit on the pedestal, or play in the water") but curiously omits mention of the artist.
UPDATE. LACMA's Miranda Carroll says there is a label and sends this photo. It mentions something called Muses Investment Holdings Limited, apparently the lender.How weird is this? Imagine the Met plopping a big Jeff Koons in front of the museum without saying what it is, who made it, where it came from, or why it's there. That's what LACMA is doing.— Tyler Green (@TylerGreenDC) February 8, 2018
Below, Joost van Oss (@joostvanoss) shows where to find the elusive label.
UPDATE. LACMA's Connect newsletter says the Balloon Monkey will be on view through Jan. 6, 2019.