Koons gifted the “Bouquet of Tulips” to the city at a ceremony on Friday. The 41 feet tall sculpture has been installed in a garden next to the Champs-Elysées.
The attacks, which took place on Nov. 13, 2015, targeted six locations across the city across the city, killing 130 people and injuring 494.
Koons said the sculpture was a way of showing solidarity with the victims and their families and reflected on his own post-9/11 experiences in the US.
“I did, as a citizen in New York experience 9/11 and the depression that hung over the city,” he said, according to Reuters.
“It really took years for the city to be able to come to life again.”
Koons holds the record for the most expensive artwork by a living artist sold at auction. Credit: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images
Some critics — both in the art world and on social media — were less than enthused by Koons’ tribute to the victims, which consists of a hand holding a multicolored bouquet of tulips made of bronze, steel and aluminum. The flowers are generally perceived as a symbol of love.
In an excoriating assessment, he called the artwork a “pornographic sculpture” that is part of an “irresponsible massacre of the urban landscape in Paris.”
Jeff Koons unveils the controversial sculpture “Bouquet of Tulips.” Credit: Francois Mori/AP
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, however, said she was happy to unveil the sculpture, which she called “a beautiful gift” in a tweet.
Koons will donate 80% of the proceeds of the copyright of the work to the families of the victims of the 2015 attacks.
CNN has contacted Koons’ representatives for comment.
In May, 64-year-old Koons’ “Rabbit” sculpture became the most expensive work by a living artist ever to sell at auction.
The stainless steel figure, which measures just over 3 feet tall, sold for more than $91 million at a Christie’s sale in New York.