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One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank – Jeff Koons

The day of our visit to Oxford began with a drizzly rain.
Too little to get really wet, too much to stay dry.
But in any case fine weather to visit the Asmolean Museum (and you would probably surprised if I didn’t. We were just in time to visit the fascinating exhibition with work by Jeff Koons.

Let’s talk about Jeff Koons again.

I have previously shown work by this controversial contemporary artist. (

This time I start with the art work "One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank" from1985.
Three different observations of this striking installation.

In Jeff Koons's One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank, a Spalding basketball floats in the centre of a glass tank that rests on a simple black metal stand. The work presents what Koons called 'the penultimate state of being' — neither death nor life, but a suspended state of rest.
The art work presents a familiar, everyday object in an extraordinary way. By filling a basketball with distilled water and suspending it in a precisely combined solution of distilled water and pure salt, Koons created an uncanny effect of perfect equilibrium

One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Spalding Dr. J 241 Series)
glass, steel, sodium chloride reagent, distilled water, one basketball
164.5 x 78.1 x 33.7 cm

■ Picture 1: ◄ Catch the Ball ►
■ Picture 2: ◄ Throw the Ball ►
■ Picture 3: ◄ What is the real Ball ? ►

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