Larry Ellison’s Sculpture Collection at Sensei Lanai in Hawaii

I was recently a guest at the Sensei Lanai Four Seasons Hotel in Hawaii. It is owned by Larry Ellison.

I was surprised to see multi-million dollar sculptures all over the property.

Like this one:

photo of Woman on Horse by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
A photo of me beside the Woman on Horse by Fernando Botero

And this one:

me standing next to a sculpture outside at Sensei Lanai
This sculpture by Balthasar Lobo was right outside the yoga studio at Sensei Lanai!

There are many sculptures by Botero, Lobo, and even a Jeff Koons on the estate.

No children are allowed at this hotel. I guess it makes sense that these ultra-rare works of art could only be displayed here.

These sculptures are tucked away in jungle corners. Or they are displayed in full force near the entrance.

I took dozens of photos that I will share in this article.

thumbnail images of sculptures on Lanai Hawaii
A few of the pictures I took of Larry Ellison’s sculpture collection in Hawaii on Lanai

How did they get here? I wondered.

And where can I learn more?

Introduction

Larry Ellison is the co-founder of Oracle, a major software company.

He’s an avid art collector and owns 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.

The Sensei Lanai Four Seasons Hotel Resort has on display several sculptures from Ellison’s art collection.

I went to visit it in March 2022 with my family. I’ll show you all the sculptures I saw.

Man standing outside and pointing to a large sculpture on the Sensei Lanai grounds
Not the most flattering photo of me, but the landscape and Burning Desire by Marc Quinn combine to form a beautiful match.

I saw sculpture in the Larry Ellison collection by:

  • Fernando Botero,
  • Balthasar Lobo,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Robert Indiana,
  • Jaume Plense,
  • Marc Quinn,
  • and many more!

Highlights

These are some of the featured works in the Larry Ellison Sculpture Collection at the Sensei Lanai, a Four Seasons Hotel Resort.

Aphrodite by Jeffrey Koons

photo at night of Aphrodite by Jeffrey Koons in Lanai Hawaii
Aphrodite by Jeffrey Koons (2016-2021, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating)
wider photo at night of Aphrodite by Jeffrey Koons in Lanai Hawaii
Aphrodite by Jeffrey Koons (2016-2021, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating)

Burning Desire by Marc Quinn

2003, bronze

photograph of Burning Desire by Marc Quinn in Lanai Hawaii
Burning Desire by Marc Quinn (2003, bronze)
  • This looks almost Ferrari red, but is actually classified as “London bus red.”
  • Rather explicit, even in the title: “Burning Desire.”
  • The artist has a connection to blood 🩸 
wider photograph of Burning Desire by Marc Quinn in Lanai Hawaii
Burning Desire by Marc Quinn (2003, bronze)
photo of Burning Desire by Marc Quinn in Lanai Hawaii
Photo of me with Burning Desire by Marc Quinn (2003, bronze)

Talaia by Jaume Plensa

2016, fiberglass-reinforced polyester & marble dust

photo of Talaia by Jaume Plensa in Lanai Hawaii
Talaia by Jaume Plensa (2016, fiberglass-reinforced polyester & marble dust)
  • Fun fact: This enormous sculpture arrived in over 7 different shipping containers!

Fernando Botero

  • Sculptures by Botero are very expensive, even though he is quite prolific.
  • All of the Boteros at Sensei Lanai in Ellison’s collection are washed and waxed four times per year.

Adam and Eve by Fernando Botero

2003, bronze

photo of Adam and Eve by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Adam and Eve by Fernando Botero (2003, bronze)

Donna Seduta by Fernando Botero

2001, bronze

photo of Donna Seduta by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Donna Seduta by Fernando Botero (2001, bronze)

Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero

1993, bronze

photo of Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero (1993, bronze)
wider photo of Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero (1993, bronze)

Woman on Horse by Fernando Botero

2011, bronze

photo of Woman on Horse by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Woman on Horse by Fernando Botero (2011, bronze)
wider photo of Woman on Horse by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Woman on Horse by Fernando Botero (2011, bronze)

Dancers by Fernando Botero

2012, bronze

photo of Dancers by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Dancers by Fernando Botero (2012, bronze)
wider photo of Dancers by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Dancers by Fernando Botero (2012, bronze)
photo of Dancers by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Photo of me with Dancers by Fernando Botero (2012, bronze)

Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero

1992, bronze

photo of Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero (1992, bronze)
wider photo of Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero (1992, bronze)

Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero

2003, bronze

photo of Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero in Lanai Hawaii
Reclining Woman by Fernando Botero (2003, bronze)

Balthasar Lobo

Jeune Fille Se Coiffant by Balthasar Lobo

1998, bronze

photo of Jeune Fille Se Coiffant by Balthasar Lobo in Lanai Hawaii
Jeune Fille Se Coiffant by Balthasar Lobo (1998, bronze)
wider photo of Jeune Fille Se Coiffant by Balthasar Lobo in Lanai Hawaii
Jeune Fille Se Coiffant by Balthasar Lobo (1998, bronze)

L’llle du Levant by Balthasar Lobo

1991, bronze

photo of L’llle du Levant by Balthasar Lobo in Lanai Hawaii
L’llle du Levant by Balthasar Lobo (1991, bronze)
wider photo of L’llle du Levant by Balthasar Lobo in Lanai Hawaii
L’llle du Levant by Balthasar Lobo (1991, bronze)

Piece d’Eau by Balthasar Lobo

1972-73, bronze

photo of Piece d’Eau by Balthasar Lobo in Lanai Hawaii
Piece d’Eau by Balthasar Lobo (1972-73, bronze) — the conservator said that the has changed a lot on this.

L’lle du Levant by Balthasar Lobo

1991, bronze

photo of Lille du Levant by Balthasar Lobo in Lanai Hawaii
L’lle du Levant by Balthasar Lobo (1991, bronze)
wider photo of L'lle du Levant by Balthasar Lobo in Lanai Hawaii
L’lle du Levant by Balthasar Lobo (1991, bronze)

Grande Jeune Fille by Balthasar Lobo

1993, bronze

phot of Grande Jeune Fille by Balthasar Lobo in Lanai Hawaii
Grande Jeune Fille by Balthasar Lobo (1993, bronze)

Other Sculptures

These were all on view at the Sensei Lanai as of March 2022.

Cocoface by Guillaume Castel

2016, corten steel and paint

photo of Cocoface by Guillaume Castel in Lanai Hawaii
Cocoface by Guillaume Castel (2016, corten steel and paint)

The Heart of Rivers by Jaume Plensa

2016, bronze

photo of The Heart of Rivers by Jaume Plensa in Lanai Hawaii
The Heart of Rivers by Jaume Plensa (2016, bronze)
  • Depending on where this artist’s work is installed, the tree type changes.
  • These trees are Manila palms.
  • Underneath the sculpture that we see, there is a cage around the root ball. It makes the art and the tree very connected.
wider photo of The Heart of Rivers by Jaume Plensa in Lanai Hawaii
The Heart of Rivers by Jaume Plensa (2016, bronze)
photo of The Heart of Rivers by Jaume Plensa in Lanai Hawaii
Photo of me with The Heart of Rivers by Jaume Plensa (2016, bronze)

Cautha by Emily Young

2012, clastic onyx

photo of Cautha by Emily Young in Lanai Hawaii
Cautha by Emily Young (2012, clastic onyx)

This is the only stone sculpture on display in the collection right now. It gives off a beautiful glow during sunrise.

wider photo of Cautha by Emily Young in Lanai Hawaii
Cautha by Emily Young (2012, clastic onyx)

Tai Chi Arch by Ju Ming

2000, bronze

photo of Tai Chi Arch by Ju Ming in Lanai Hawaii
Tai Chi Arch by Ju Ming (2000, bronze)

Untitled by Joel Shapiro

2014-2017, painted bronze

phptp of Untitled by Joel Shapiro in Lanai Hawaii
Untitled by Joel Shapiro (2014-17, painted bronze)
  • Look at these juicy colors!
  • The art is fresh from storage and has never been displayed before.
  • It has received an epoxy primer and top coat of paint.
  • (Something about a “Mixture of a high gloss and a matte,” but I wasn’t listening carefully.)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one, but it is aluminum, different from this.
photo of Untitled by Joel Shapiro in Lanai Hawaii
Photo of me with Untitled by Joel Shapiro (2014-17, painted bronze)

Imperial Love by Robert Indiana

1996-2006, corten steel

photo of Imperial Love by Robert Indiana in Lanai Hawaii
Imperial Love by Robert Indiana (1996-2006, corten steel)
  • Larry Ellison owns several more works from this artist.
photo of Imperial Love by Robert Indiana in Lanai Hawaii
Imperial Love by Robert Indiana (1996-2006, corten steel)

Do you work at this hotel, or for one of the associated companies? I’d love to come back and learn more about your collection! Email me if you have info about the Ellison sculpture collection in Hawaii. I’m a huge fan.

Pomme d’Hiver by Claude LaLanne

2008, bronze

photo of Pomme d’Hiver by Claude LaLanne in Lanai Hawaii
Pomme d’Hiver by Claude LaLanne (2008, bronze)
photo of Pomme d’Hiver by Claude LaLanne in Lanai Hawaii
Photo of Pomme d’Hiver by Claude LaLanne at night (2008, bronze)

Map

photo of the Map of the Sculptures at Sensei Lanai
Map image courtesy of Sensei Lanai

Conclusion and Resources

I was extremely impressed with the quality of art on display.

Thank you to the conservator who led me on a short tour of the property. She explained a lot of the bullet points you see throughout this article.

I would recommend visiting this space to anyone interested in exploring the works!

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