When the artist Jeff Koons steps onto his snowboard, he’s transformed. “There’s this sense of vastness that overcomes you,” the 61-year-old recently told the New York Times. “It’s an extremely philosophical, transcendent sport.”
So it’s no surprise that when Koons was given the opportunity to design his own board with Burton Snowboard founder Jake Burton, he didn’t just slap a balloon animal on it. Instead, he got deep. Inspired by Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Koons designed a board that channels his deep appreciation for the sport, with a bust of the philosopher’s bearded face contemplating super-cool polyhedron thought-lasers and the Cave.
The imagery may be heavy, but the board itself isn’t. Burton handled the technical specs, crafting the board from lightweight carbon and giving it twin tips for maximum maneuverability.
Just 50 boards were manufactured in a limited edition, and they’ll be selling for $5,000 each on a first-come, first-served basis at the launch event tonight in New York City. Proceeds benefit Burton’s Chill Foundation.