Spanning 26 feet in diameter, Descension is a large black pool that appears to be of infinite depth. Swirling water and black dye create a “viscerally arresting” vortex sensation, and what the Public Art Fund calls “a dynamic negative space that descends into the ground…Disturbing the familiar boundaries of our world whilst pushing the limits of materials…”
Employing the art of illusion, Descension is as emotive as it is mesmerizing. “Kapoor invites us to experience the sheer perceptual wonder of an ordinary material like water made to behave in an extraordinary way,” the Public Art Fund explained in a statement. “Through this transformation of properties inherent to materials and objects, Kapoor blurs the boundaries between nature, landscape, and art, allowing us to perceive space differently.”
Anish Kapoor has made a career out of challenging perception through large-scale sculptures and installation artworks. For the 40th anniversary of outstanding contemporary art nonprofit the Public Art Fund, Kapoor is set to astound New Yorkers with Descension in Brooklyn Bridge Park from May 3 until September 10, 2017. This will be the installation’s first appearance in North America.