I am seriously debating heading over to Paris to see British sculptor, Anish Kappor’s latest sculpture, Leviathan.
The 115 foot high sculpture housed in the middle of the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees, is made from PVC stretched over a giant, metal frame. The structure is so large, visitors can actually walk around inside. Kappor stated that he hopes people will “enter the artwork to immerse themselves in its color and it will be, I hope, a contemplative, poetic experience.”
Last week Kapoor, announced that he was dedicating this truly enormous cathedral-like space to the missing Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ai has now been missing for over a month, in the hands of the Chinese authorities. He had not been heard from, nor charged with any offence.
On the subject of Ai’s disapearace Kapoor stated “I’ve never met Ai Weiwei but he’s a colleague, an artist…In a very simple way he is heroically recording human existence. All he’s done is to record death by administration, death by corruption, inefficiency. I don’t even think he’s pointing that sharp a finger, frankly. It is more than a month that he’s been completely disappeared. It is a true tragedy. Accuse him of something. Give him a lawyer. Let him defend himself … The state is not threatened by artists.”
The Leviathan will be showing until 23 June.