Cloud Gate- an Analysis

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Department: Communication Design Course: Contemporary Art in Context Artist: Anish Kapoor Title: Cloud Gate Year: Built 2004-2006 Location: Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States Dimensions: 10 m × 13 m × 20 m (33 ft × 42 ft × 66 ft) Medium: Stainless steel About the artist: Anish Kapoor, one of the world’s most distinguished and significant contemporary artists, was born in Mumbai to a Punjabi-Hindu father and an Iraqi-Jewish mother. He has studied art at the Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art Design. In the 1980s he surfaced as one of the several British sculptors working in an innovative style and gaining global recognition for their work, like Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Anthony Gormley, and Bill…show more content…
The frame can also expand and contract with the sculpture as temperatures fluctuate. The American Welding Society awarded Cloud Gate, MTH Industries and PSI with the group's Extraordinary Welding Award. The sculpture contributed to Millennium Park being named among the 10 best architectural achievements of 2004 in Time. Display: Cloud Gate soon after its installation became an icon of the city of Chicago. The public took an instant liking to it, affectionately naming it "The Bean." It has incredible drawing power, attracting locals, tourists and art enthusiasts alike, and is now mostly the piece by which Kapoor is identified. It is one of the most photographed attractions in the city too. Anish Kapoor himself says, What I wanted to do in Millennium Park is make something that would engage the Chicago skyline ... so that one will see the clouds kind of floating in, with those very tall buildings reflected in the work. And then, since it is in the form of a gate, the participant, the viewer, will be able to enter into this very deep chamber that does, in a way, the same thing to one's reflection as the exterior of the piece is doing to the reflection of the city around. Artist’s premise: Kapoor's artworks often aim to stir up immateriality and the spiritual, a result he achieves either by carving dark voids into stone pieces, or through the sheer shine and reflectivity of his
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