Both the puppy and the museumbuilding can be seen as tourist attractions. On the one side there is one that takes itself quite seriously, and the other that could be a joke, but in it's ironicism gets the serious approach just as much. Jeff Koons claims to make people feel good about themselves with his art, and what could be a more positive feeling picture than that of a massive dog made from a dizzying amount of colourful flowers on a sunny day?
The museum in Bilboa might have succesfully been built to bring tourists to what used to be a smog covered mining city, also known as the Bilbao-effect, it appears to be less succeful in it's purpose. As a museum, it functions as a place where art is supposed to be placed in the spotlights. In this case, the deconstructed architectural design by Frank Gehry is criticised for overshadowin most of the works that are shown. The building has become a shiny, assymetrical icon since 1997, but what about the art?
Its connection with the well-known Guggenheim museum in New York means there is very little autority on exhibitions from the Bilbao museum itself and mainly showing modern and contemporary art from American artists, that could be interchangeable with much of the collection of its American sister.
Koons' Puppy appears to be the complete opposite from the massive building right behind it, with it's hard, broken, metal surfaces, uneven lines and over all dynamic design. The Puppy sits still, showing its soft, floral surface in full innocence to the tourists they collaborately attract.