To the residents of Chicago, the work of this artist might be much more familiar than his name. The Cloud Gate is a wonderful addition to this city – seen either as a fresh perspective of the grand skyline, or simply as an endearingly twisted portrait of the Chicago ways of business and politics. The spectacularly well made object is also a wonderful primer for designers and architects – this is how well large scale objects can, and should, be made.
And similarity of scale is something Anish Kapoor’s work shares with the creators of buildings – his recent works are much more ambitious in their scale and scope than the Cloud Gate. When work for public consumption becomes fully capable of consuming large swaths of its adoring public, might it simply be a matter of time before Mr. Kapoor becomes the next Santiago Calatrava?
I met the man at his show in Delhi a few weeks ago – below are some images, and that’s him in the first picture.