Turning the World Upside Down, London by Anish KapoorOctober 29th, 2010 - Posted in Architecture Design
London is without doubt one of the greenest cities in the world, a fact intrinsic to Thomas Heatherwick creating dandelion-esque player to the World Expo Shanghai has mapped the interconnected network of streets lined with trees up the urban jungle that is the capital of England. As you walk in the city of London to small pockets of excellence campaign appear, nestled between steel and glass towers ambitious and traditionally designed in red brick dwellings. A pocket of Kensington Gardens. A quiet stretch of grass and lakes at this time of year the gardens are transformed into a mixed mass of bronze, tan, beige and burgundy with the maturation of chestnuts and leaves begin to turn.
Divisive designer Anish Kapoor has worked with the Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery to intensify this experience changed for the general public, displaying a collection of highly reflective sculptures together in London for the first time. Each of the four works of art was constructed from stainless steel, is positioned to mirror the natural beauty of the sky and landscape or distort the image of passersby. Entering the direction of Kensington Palace itself, the first sculpture faces Sky Mirror is, Red 2007, a circular steel disc bold red that seems to float on the surface of the pond round. Whatever the approach angle, the mirror shows nothing but the sky a deep dark red infected – almost grotesque in its intensity.
A little farther on is not applicable (Speyer) 2007, as a summary, trumpet fluid turned to the ground, the fine needle end saluting the sun. This sculpture is bounded by a cord to the public, but remains close enough to reflect the flash of two dozen cameras aimed in his direction every few minutes. Comparatively more elegant in nature with its neighbor to the red wine, non-object (Spires) reflects the park and the life to 360 degrees forms, capturing the structures above the sheet in a beautiful elongated deformations. Its shape allows for a reflection effect sandwich – a filling enclosed in heaven pictures of the trees.
Longwater Across The third element is a colossal and sculptural effect. Similar to Red Sky Mirror, Mirror Sky 2006 is a disc entitled angle towards the sky, kept in a silvery classic. Its diameter grows not only immense, but intensifies the delicate tint of London sky as it shifts from gray to blue and vice versa. Faced with the Serpentine Gallery is Kapoor’s final and possibly the most popular piece, C-Curve 2007; a convex mirror gently sweep that twists its thinking by 180 degrees so it seems that the world was shocked, d Hence the title of the screen, “Turning the World Upside Down.” The day I visited the gardens, it is this part that has attracted the most attention – the images clearly show – that children flocked to laugh and point their distorted reflections in the gleaming curve.
Kapoor familiarly expressive yet simple designs add another dimension to the picturesque gardens of Kensington, just fill the void left by Jean Nouvel, Serpentine Pavilion Scarlet is currently being dismantled. Although his style can not be deformed to everyone’s taste, this series of contemplative sculptures appeals to a wide audience and aims to initiate and strengthen relations between the urban and natural environment – a connection so often lost in such high density urban settings.