Anish Kapoor sculpture blends fabric and steel in New Zealand

International sculptor Anish Kapoor stretches fabric and steel to manipulate views of the New Zealand seascape
Fabric Architecture | January 2010

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overall engineering is by Structure Design Ltd. . is designed to withstand the high winds that blow inland from the Tasman Sea off the northwest coast of New Zealand’s North Island.000 acre) private estate outdoor art gallery in Kaipara Bay.” he says. Such is the case with his recent installation for “The Farm. membrane engineering by Compusoft Engineering Ltd. New Zealand. provides a kaleidoscopic view of the beautiful Kaipara Harbor at the vertical ellipse end and the hand contoured rolling valle ys and hills of “The Farm” from the horizontal ellipse. New Zealand. “The Farm” (the sculpture is named after its site). Kapoor often creates his outdoor sculptures for permanent residence.22. The fabric alone weighs 7. the other vertical.200kg.. Fabrication and installation of the art piece is by Structurflex Ltd. Tate Magazine. to a perfect circle at midspan. of Henderson. The ellipses are orientated one horizontal. (See FA. but Europeans—especially Londoners—will know him for his massive. “Marsyas” relied heavily on the skills of both Arup for the engineering and Bo Hightex for the piece’s fabrication. Kapoor’s first outdoor sculpture in fabric. May/June 2003.750kg each.” –Anish Kapoor.“I am interested in sculpture that manipulates the viewer into a specific relationship with both space and time. July 2007 The Indian-born artist Anish Kapoor is probably best known in the United States for his 2004 chrome installation piece “Cloud Gate” for the Millennium Plaza in Chicago. north of Auckland. sitespecific sculpture “Marsyas” displayed in the Turbine Room of the Tate Modern during its grand opening in 2002. p. The sculpture..” a 400ha (1. through to the vertical ellipse at the other end. The sculpture is fabricated in a custom deep red PVC-coated polyester fabric by Ferrari Textiles supported by two identical matching red structural steel ellipses that weigh 42. Thirty-two longitudinal mono-filament cables provide displacement and deflection resistance to the wind loads while assisting with the fabric transition from horizontal ellipse. Auckland.) Although the Tate sculpture was temporary. which passes through a carefully cut hillside. bloodred. Kapoor appreciates what engineers and tensile fabricators do because it affects his work: “I am concerned with the way in which the language of engineering can be turned into the language of the body.

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