23 Jun 2011

Cloud Gate!

I love the iconic Cloud Gate (2006) in Chicago, designed by Bombay born Anish Kapoor. Affectionately known as “The Bean”, the 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, reflecting the city's skyline and clouds. Its mirror-like surface was inspired by liquid mercury.

Although a fraction of the size, The Bean reminds me of the Pebble outside the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, an 18-ton polished marble by Japanese artist Kan Yasuda.
Earlier this year, I enjoyed Anish Kapoor's exhibition of outdoor sculptures in Kensington Gardens; "Turning the world upside down".Resonant of The Bean, the sculptures were constructed from highly reflective stainless steel, with giant curved mirror surfaces. I particularly liked Sky Mirror on the Serpentine, aka Swan Lake!