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Anish Kapoor: Turning the World Upside Down

an exhibition organised by The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery

Kensington Gardens

Kapoor’s four outdoor sculptures are positioned at prime spots of the garden, despite their monumentality, the works seemingly exist through the reflection of their surroundings: the sky, trees, water, passing swans, or people, and create new vistas in a familiar setting. Yet the distortions in the works’ mirror-like surface call into question the viewer’s relationship to both the work itself and the surrounding environment.

 

 

A. The Longwater: Sky Mirror, 2006, stainless steel, weight 27 tons. The work is on the spot where Henry Moore’s magnificent arch was erected, a gift from the artist to the nation, erected in 1980. It felt into disrepair and was dismantled a few years ago.

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