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A giant 45-foot inflatable ballerina is on display at New York’s Rockefeller Center

The sky-scraping silhouettes of New York’s Rockefeller Center draw many travellers to the Manhattan hub, but the iconic view will now have to compete with an amazing 45-foot-tall inflatable ballerina that has gone on display.

A giant inflatable ballerina is on display in Rockefeller Square in downtown Manhattan, New York City.
Seated Ballerina, a new public art project by artist Jeff Koons, sits in Rockefeller Center on 12 May. Image by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The nylon sculpture by Jeff Koons, titled ‘Seated Ballerina’, is part of the famous artist’s Antiquity series. The piece went on display on 12 May and will remain until 2 June, and aims to bring awareness to National Missing Children’s Month.

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Koons is known for his contemporary pop art, often featuring kitschy or everyday objects, and has created a number of inflatable pieces like the ballerina. He explained on his Instagram page that his “intentions are for the Seated Ballerina to communicate hope and optimism to everyone”.

Unsurprisingly, the artwork has already become a hit on social media, with plenty of people posting pics of the public art on Instagram.

A giant inflatable ballerina is on display in Rockefeller Square in downtown Manhattan, New York City.
The public art exhibition of a 45-foot tall inflatable nylon sculpture depicting a seated ballerina from artist Jeff Koons’ Antiquity series titled ‘Seated Ballerina ‘ is unveiled on 12 May. Image by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Koons’ works are on display in art galleries and museums around the world and a solo exhibition of his pieces are currently on display at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles.