Anish Kapoor’s latest air-filled fabric art
The Grand Palais, that turn-of-the-century Neo-Baroque pile in central Paris created for the International Exhibition of 1900, is home to the most up-to-the-minute installation this June when British artist-provocateur Anish Kapoor’s inflatable blood-red sculpture “Leviathan” is pumped up. Based on past work by the artist made of custom-made tension fabric, “Leviathan” is part of a series of exhibitions in the Grand Palais called “Monumenta.”
True to the exhibition title, Kapoor’s inflated fabric sculpture is monumental, measuring 72m by 33m by 32m high. It was engineered by Tensys and constructed by Hightex of nearly 12,000m2 of deep red Serge Ferrari Précontraint fabric.
The sculpture—three large interconnected spheres that fill an interior courtyard space—will be up until June 23.
For more information on this project, visit www.ferrari-architecture.com/monumenta2011/. For more information on Anish Kapoor’s “The Farm,” read “Anish Kapoor sculpture blends fabric and steel in New Zealand” from the January 2010 issue of Fabric Architecture.