The summer between my first and second years of grad school, I was lucky enough to backpack in eastern Europe for a few weeks (totally on the cheap – and incidentally, this was the trip where I fell in love with Croatia). I flew from LA to Prague with a 12 hour layover in London. So, with many hours to kill I took the tube from Heathrow into the city with the idea that I could wander around a few free museums. I ended up at the Tate Modern, which was pretty new at the time. It is a converted factory, and Anish Kapoor had installed this amazing piece, Marsyas 2002, in the turbine hall.
Ever since that day, bleary eyed and jet lagged, that I stood in awe I have been a fan of Mr. Kapoor’s work.
This year the French Ministry of Culture and Communication asked him to create a work “that responds to the exceptional architectural space” of the Grand Palais in Paris. He created Leviathan – 75,000 cubic-meters of PVC vinyl. It is dark purple, almost black, on the outside, but a bright red on the inside. I think this might be more immense than Marsyas. Again, it is too huge to take a photo of the whole thing. You have to have seen it in person to really experience it all. Look how small the people are in the photos! I wish I had been in Paris, again.
All photos of Leviathan from Design Boom. They also include a short video of the artist speaking about the piece.