THE CHALLENGE – BRING TO LIFE THE ARTISTIC VISION OF ANISH KAPOOR
Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Over the past 20 years his work has been seen in the world’s leading galleries and museums. Provocative and captivating, Anish Kapoor’s spectacular sculptures often involve engineers and tensile fabricators. “I am concerned with the way in which the language of engineering can be turned into the language of the body,” he says. Kapoor chose Structurflex to design, fabricate and install ‘Dismemberment, Site 1’ at Gibbs Farm, a 988-acre sculpture park on the Kaipara Harbour in New Zealand. It was a major vote of confidence, because this is the first permanent outdoor Kapoor sculpture of its kind in the world. The sculpture site is exposed and has to withstand extreme winds from the Tasman Sea.
THE DESIGN, SCALE, ENGINEERING AND SHEER BEAUTY OF THE ANISH KAPOOR SCULPTURE IS TRULY INSPIRING
To ensure the sculpture would look spectacular year after year, we optimized non-conventional materials and ran extensive tests. A total of 32 longitudinal mono-filament cables secure the installation and assist the fabric shape transition from horizontal ellipse to a perfect circle at mid span, through to the vertical ellipse at the other end. The project presented significant logistical challenges – the steel ellipses weigh 47 tons each and the fabric weight is 6.5 tons. Site access was steep and slippery – even during summer – but fabrication and installation were completed without issue. Both the sculptor and sculpture owner are highly pleased with the outcome, which has already successfully weathered many storms.
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