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Anish Kapoor receives Royal Academy honour

Anish KapoorAnish Kapoor’s latest sculpture is now up in The Royal Academy of Arts courtyard with an official unveiling set for Tuesday to mark the upcoming exhibition of his work in the gallery.

The statue in the courtyard was inspired by a quote from the poet Rainer Maria Rilke and is made of steel shiny spheres that bubble up around steel statue Palladian buildings to the height of 15 metres.

Kapoor stated that the design is created to enthral viewers due to the fact it looks almost weightless and leaves viewers wondering how it is composed. He also stated that although it bears a resemblance to DNA that is not what he intends the piece to portray.

In 1992 Kapoor was the recipient of the Turner Prize and since then has become known widely throughout the public art world in particular in 2002 when his Marsyas statue was on display in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall.

Kapoor will be given all of the main galleries that are located at the Royal Academy making him the first artist to ever receive the honour of an exclusive solo show.

He stated that the institution houses some of the best artwork throughout the world so he is aware of the honour that he academy bestowed on him by deciding to host a show of his work.

There will be 50 new sculptures included in the show as well as some of his most well known and controversial pieces of work.


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