The city's skyline is filled with conical church spires, dominated by the enormous, brooding Dom Cathedral. At street level this motif is turned upside down in the form of large multicolored plastic cones that appear in front of ice cream parlors, which are very popular in Cologne. The ice cream cone as a subject was irresistible to us, especially as we detected the word "cone" concealed in the letters of the city's name.
Our proposal called for a giant ice cream cone dropped upside down on one of the top corners of the building, tilted forward, so that melting ice cream would appear to drip over the windows. In her presentation of the work, Coosje referred to the Dropped Cone as both a "cornucopia of consumerism" and a "sign of transience."
The sculpture's tilt differentiated it from the surrounding church steeples, while the emphasis on the cone form separated it from the advertising variations found in the street. We applied a diamond pattern in relief, giving the cone an architectural character. The "ice cream" mass, its shape a convincing reflection of the impact of the "dropping" of the cone, resulted from lengthy experimentation with a clay model. While our presentation drawing for the sculpture had shown several colorful flavors, Coosje reduced the final choice to a single luminous vanilla.