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Artist Anish Kapoor’s New York ‘Bean’ Is Finally Complete

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

Even if you’re marginally interested in the art community, chances are high that you’ve heard about or seen Anish Kapoor’s large and curvaceous reflective sculpture that’s placed in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

The British artist has now unveiled a similar sculpture in New York City, a project that began in 2008. Like the Cloud Gate, or The Bean as it’s popularly known, the NYC sculpture is large, round, and covered in reflective material.

The yet-to-be-titled project was commissioned to Kapoor back in 2008 but got delayed because of the financial crisis of 2008-09, and then the COVID pandemic.

Kapoor’s latest artwork stands tall at a height of 19 ft and took around $8-10 million dollars to make.

Anish Kapoor’s NYC Sculpture©Getty Images

Unlike the Chicago Bean, which is a freestanding sculpture in a public park, the NYC sculpture is wedged beneath the canopy of a luxury condominium known as 56 Leonard, which is popularly known as the ‘Jenga Tower’ because of its structure that resembles the game with the wooden blocks placed in a precarious position.. In 2016, it was reported that Kapoor bought a four-bedroom apartment in the building for a whopping $13.5 million.

What do you think of Kapoor’s new sculpture?