Magazine article Art Monthly

Building for a Void

Magazine article Art Monthly

Building for a Void

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The BBC has a story that may help to shed some light on the twisted-rollercoaster design of Anish Kapoor's Orbit visitor attraction for the Olympic Park (Artnotes AM336). To coincide with the recent launch of the Shanghai Expo, the BBC returned to the site of the Seville Expo of 1992 to see what had become of the many specially commissioned public artworks. One of the projects was a grand tower by Kapoor, Building for a Void, which was produced in collaboration with architect David Connor. Unfortunately, after the Expo had packed up, the sculpture was reportedly utilised as an unofficial public convenience and, far from experiencing the sublime, desperate locals instead found instant relief by simply evacuating into the void. Eventually, when the Expo site was later taken over by the Magic Island theme park, the sculpture was flattened to make way for the new rapid river ride attraction. Kapoor has clearly learned from bitter experience that such grand projects for one-off events are likely to end up being repurposed or demolished. …

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