Parisian artists and gallery owners have penned an open letter opposing the installation of a sculpture by Jeff Koons, describing the monument as “shocking and unwelcome”.

American artist Koons, known for his reproductions of banal objects, announced he was to gift Paris with his Bouquet of Tulips sculpture in 2016 as a “symbol of remembrance, optimism, and healing” after the terror attacks of November 2015.

The monumental piece, which depicts a giant hand holding multicoloured flowers, is due to be permanently installed at Tokyo Square in front of the prestigious Palais de Tokyo.

But 24 artists, museum workers, collectors and politicians have urged city officials to reconsider its placement in an open letter published by French newspaper Libération.

“We, artists, politicians, professionals and amateurs of the French art scene, ask for the abandonment of this initiative,” reads the letter, translated to English. “Indeed, this project is shocking, for reasons of different order and importance, the accumulation of which must lead wisely to abandon it.”