30 January 2011 - 12:26pm
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the Serpentine Gallery in conjunction with the Royal Parks, has commissioned Anish Kapoor to exhibit his most recent sculptural works within Kensington Gardens.
The four large-scale sculptures Kapoor produced for the exhibition are made from reflective stainless steel and are positioned to carefully emphasise the natural greenery and the nineteenth century sculptures that already live in the Gardens. Their highly polished surfaces allow the surroundings to interact with the landscape by being pulled into the reflection so that they, in turn, become part of the sculpture itself. This bending of space and warping of images tests the possibilities of nature and celebrates the extremities of the earth and sky. C-Curve, 2007, confronts the viewer with their distorted reflection. Itâ€™s huge surface area means that one has to look through, beyond and in to the object rather than existing as something to be looked at. This creates a massive symbolic space to contemplate the inverted image and allows the viewer to extend their interaction with the piece by becoming a part of the illusion.