Anish Kapoor`s towering sculpture
London: Indian artist Anish Kapoor`s towering sculpture `Tall Tree and the Eye`, the cynosure of all eyes at The Royal Academy of Arts here, to be unveiled on Tuesday.
The steel structure, an arrangement of 76 shiny spheres which bubble up to the level of the surrounding Palladian buildings, is inspired by the words of the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, Kapoor said.
"It is a conjunction of images I have always loved in his Sonnets to Orpheus and this work is, in a way, a kind of eye which is reflecting images endlessly," Kapoor said.
His exhibition at the Royal Academy will open next Saturday and will last till December 11.
Fifteen metres high, it has a look of weightlessness when viewed from the ground below. "Now it is up, I am surprised by its fragility," he said.
"There is nothing heavy or imposing about it, but there is something quite improbable. You cannot tell how it has been put up and that is part of its mystery and dignity."