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A Billion-Dollar Art Paradise Bloomed After the Heavens Fell

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It’s the first thing you see approaching Glenstone, billionaire Mitchell Rales’s 230-acre Shangri-La in the fields of Potomac, Maryland: a 37-foot Jeff Koons sculpture made with 25,000 flowering plants.

“Split-Rocker," inspired by a rocking toy, encapsulates the “seamless integration between art, architecture and landscape" that has been the vision for Glenstone, Rales said in a phone interview. The museum is reopening next month after a major expansion.