In an earlier post I discussed a monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor called Temenos (Sacred Space ) installed in Middlesbrough in the North East of England. Kapoor has created an even more awesome presence with his latest work ‘Leviathon’. Considered as one of the most important sculptors of our time his work has profoundly enlarged the scope of contemporary sculpture, with his mastery of monumental scale and by the colourful sensuality and the apparent simplicity emanating from his works. Leviathon is an enormous, globulous ballon created from P.V.C that “seems to suck you into its vortex as you lose your sense of balance”; it is at once “enveloping and vertigo inducing” . (www.washingtonpost.com).
It has been referred to as ” offering the possibility of going inside ourselves,” and bringing you to “the origin of the world” at other times it has been described as “both monumental and intimate ….it feels like it is breathing”
The installation can be experienced at Momenta 2011 in Paris at the Grand Palais from 11th May to 23rd June 2011.
Anish Kapoor has dedicated Leviathon to the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was detained trying to board a flight to Hong Kong last month amid a Chinese crackdown on dissidents.