"In homage to Led Zeppelin, one of his all-time favourite bands, Koons reworked a piece from his Hulk series. The elk stems from his interpretation of the Led Zeppelin song Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. ‘It’s like a migration, like a big elk. You have a certain consciousness about developing out of an animal, but at the same time it’s very primal, instinctive. Sexual.’
There’s little doubt as to what inspired Thomas Demand when he created this graphic paper sculpture. The giant 10 he built and then photographed possesses the bold simplicity and seductive dimensions that are both characteristic of his work – a fantastic tenth birthday present for Wallpaper*.
‘As he was one of my heroes, it was with some trepidation that I approached Alan Fletcher to create a cover for us,’ admits our then-creative director, Tony Chambers. Fletcher convinced us to drop the entire masthead from the cover, saying, ‘If you’re gonna do it, you may as well bloody do it.’ The cover was one of his final works before his death in September 2006."
Artist: Jeff Koons, Thomas Demand and Alan Fletcher
Cover No. 094: Wallpaper, Alan Fletcher, December 2006