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  • 05.12.11

In Paris, Anish Kapoor Unveils Giant Rubber Balls You Can Walk In

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In Paris, Anish Kapoor Unveils Giant Rubber Balls You Can Walk In

Each year, the French Ministry for Culture and Communication invites a famous artist to throw up an installation in the Grand Palais, the stunning Beaux-Arts museum and exhibit space at the Champs-Élysées, in Paris. This year, Brit Anish Kapoor, of Chicago bean fame, was the chosen one, and he erected a set of giant, purple, rubber balls.

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Balls you can inhabit! Play around in! Explore! Filling the 115-foot-tall nave of the glassy central exhibition hall, the balls are actually a series of attached blobs — Kapoor calls them a “4-armed balloon” — and they’re designed to do what all Kapoor’s work does. As he tells it: “To manage, through strictly physical means, to offer a completely new emotional and philosophical experience.” So that’s what they’re calling it nowadays.

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[Images courtesy of the French Ministry for Culture and Communication]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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