anish kapoor: dirty corner
anish kapoor: dirty corner anish kapoor: dirty corner
jun 02, 2011

anish kapoor: dirty corner

anish kapoor: dirty corner fabbrica del vapore, milan on now until january 8th, 2012

‘dirty corner’ by anish kapoor at the fabbrica del vapore image © designboom

‘dirty corner’ is london-based artist anish kapoor‘s monumental site-specific installation created for the fabbrica del vapore in milan. fully occupying the site’s ‘cathedral’ space, the sculptural work consists of a huge steel volume that measures 60 metres long and 8 metres high in which visitors can enter. upon entry, one begins to lose their perception of space, as it gets progressively darker and darker until there is no light, forcing one to use their other senses to guide them through the space. the entrance of the tunnel is goblet-shaped, featuring an interior and exterior surface that is circular, making minimal contact with the ground. over the course of the exhibition, the work will be progressively covered by some 160 cubic metres of red soil by a large mechanical device, forming a sharp mountain of dirt in which the tunnel appears to be running through.

the installation has been realized with the support of galleria continua, the lisson gallery and the galleria massimo minini.

exterior view of the entrance’s goblet shape image © designboom

image © designboom

the goblet shaped entrance image © designboom

image © designboom

interior image © designboom

the closed end in which a small little hallway protrudes from the side for one to exit the space image © designboom

image © designboom

over the course of the exhibition the tunnel will progressively be covered by some 160 cubic metres of red soil image © designboom

the beginnings of the red soil pile up that forms a sharp point image © designboom

view of the device that drops the soil over the sculpture image © designboom

the trough in which the soil travels image © designboom

details of parts images © designboom

anish kapoor portrait © designboom

anish kapoor working on a model of the installation and its placement within the fabbrica del vapore

building-up photo courtesy of andrea melzi

entrance being constructed photo courtesy of andrea melzi

photo courtesy of andrea melzi

photos courtesy of andrea melzi

photo courtesy of andrea melzi

rendering of ‘dirty corner’ in its entirety courtesy aerotrope and studio kapoor

rendering courtesy aerotrope and studio kapoor

rendering courtesy aerotrope and studio kapoor

  • Damn, I would love to place a huge bass speaker a the closed end 😀

    shaker says:
  • What a huge waste of money and resources.

    Matt W says:
  • totally looks like a gigantic anus

    lover says:
  • Really quite silly and an incredible waste of money and resources.
    Simply stupid

    rcvs1 says:
  • he said anus…

    skalamoosh says:
  • I think you guys on top should look it from other points of view, rather that just economy or sex. What about the phenomenological discourse, the feeling of walking inside art interacting with architectural space, …

    brian says:
  • I’m really not sure how anyone can argue that something is a waste of money without knowing how much money it is, let alone make value judgements on an experiential artwork based purely on pictures on the web. Those negative comments coe from nothing.

    steve says:
  • Agreed, artwork is about many things, in my opinion money should never be at the top of a list of considerations. There are lots of art installations considered “priceless”.

    Dean says:
  • waste of money or not, Kapoor is simply a genious, all his projects involve a new dimention of art, how to live it, i personally distaste his sexual emphasis on everything he does, but i guess without it, it would just not be Kapoor at all.

    piccas says:
  • So what is the meaning of this tube? There are only technical specs [physical] and nothing about the spiritual.

    Kuroda says:

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