Anish Kapoor C-Curve 2007 Stainless steel © 2010 Anish Kapoor. Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery, London

It really has been too long since we’ve seen any works by Anish Kapoor on display. So it is great news that this autumn the Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery are showing a major exhibition of  his large scale outdoor sculptures  in Kensington Gardens. The free exhibition will showcase a series of major recent works which have not been shown together before in London. Constructed from highly reflective stainless steel, the giant curved mirror surfaces will create illusory distortions of the surroundings and will be visible across large distances, creating new vistas. A fantastic and inventive way to get a new perspective on both Kapoor and Kensington Gardens.
The sculptures have been placed to contrast and reflect the changing colours, foliage and weather in Kensington Gardens. Despite their monumental scale, the works appear as pure reflection of their surroundings: the sky, trees, water, wildlife and changing seasons. The juxtaposition of the smooth, modern sculptures with their distorted reflections and the very traditional ‘Britishness’ of Kensington Gardens will be extremely interesting.

Words by Anna Bang

Anish Kapoor: Turning the World Upside Down in Kensington Gardens
28 September 2010 – 13 March 2011
Open daily 6am – dusk. Admisssion free.
Nearest tube: South Kensington or Lancaster Gate


Anish Kapoor, Serpentine Gallery,