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Anish Kapoor unwraps ‘Leviathan’ in Paris

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[First look] Artist Anish Kapoor has completed this 13,500m² tensile structure for the Monumenta 2011 art exhibition in France

Called Leviathan, the ‘monumental’ structure is conceived as an immersive, ‘contemplative and poetic experience.’

‘My ambition is to create a space within a space that responds to the height and luminosity of the Nave at the Grand Palais. Visitors will be invited to walk inside the work [and] to immerse themselves in colour,’ Kapoor explained.

The 35 metre-tall installation is the fourth Monumenta commission for the Grand Palais space. Previous artists include Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra and Christian Boltanski.The exhibition is open until 23 June.

Kapoor, who won the Turner Prize in 1991, created the 115 metre-tall ArcelorMittal Orbit project for the Olympic Park in Stratford, London. The scheme – designed with Arup engineers and Ushida Findlay Architects – is now being built on site.

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