Anish Kapoor’s ‘Leviathan’

Anish Kapoor's Leviathan

Anish Kapoor's Leviathan

Anish Kapoor's Leviathan

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Currently in the middle of the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees is the biggest blog you’ll probably ever see. It was created by famous British sculptor Anish Kapoor, who you might know from his sculpture Cloud Gate, or better know as The Bean. What you see above is called Leviathan, a 115 foot high sculpture which is made of PVC stretched over a giant, metal frame. The structure is so large in fact that you can walk around inside of it’s four, blobby arms. He says of the sculpture that he hopes that “people will be invited to enter the artwork to immerse themselves in its color and it will be, I hope, a contemplative, poetic experience.”

I personally think the sculpture is beautiful, especially because it’s sitting in the Grand Palais. The two structures couldn’t be more different, and there’s something interesting about that juxtaposition. The simplicity of Leviathan and the way the light shines on (and through) it really makes the Grand Palais shine. Although the photos from inside of Leviathan remind of a digestive tract, which if you’ve read this you probably won’t be able to unsee… sorry about that.


5 Comments Anish Kapoor’s ‘Leviathan’

  1. Ana May 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    I loved the pictures from inside and that is the reason I searched.
    The “digestive tract” you see is only at the pictures or did it happen while you were there?
    What a terrible experience it might have been.
    Nothing poetic. Poor Kapoor.

  2. Ana May 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    No harm done. I really can’t see it.
    The eyes of the beholder.

  3. Warren May 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Hi, i read your articles regularly and i love your website.
    I’m french and i think i will go to this exibhition soon, so if you want more photos i can send you some.



  4. Tuesday May 17, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    You are so lucky! I would love to visit Paris just to see this one. I think this is one of the finest works of Anish Kapoor and has really catapulted him as one of the best contemporary sculptors in the world. Not to mention that he has dedicated this sculpture to Ai Weiwei – goes to show that he also has political leanings – as well as giving art (once again!) political clout

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