In Paris, a Dramatic, Monumental Balloon
Anish Kapoor's exhibit at the Grand Palais dedicated to Ai Weiwei
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2011 9:22 AM CDT
Members of the media experience the inside of Leviathan, a work of art by Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor shown at the Grand Palais, in Paris, Tuesday May 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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(Newser) – You've never seen a balloon like this before. Anish Kapoor's single, staggering 82,000-cubic-yard monster has taken over Paris's glass-roofed Grand Palais. Leviathan, which opened today and runs through June 23, lives up to its name in size, though its "skin" is PVC vinyl, barely thicker than that of a regular balloon. Its four orbs are sustained by fans pumping whooshes of air that become the exhibit's soundtrack. Visitors can enter the belly of the beast by way of a stiff, narrow revolving door that takes them into a space drenched in red tones, notes the AP.

The exhibit is the latest in a series staged by the Grand Palais called Monumenta, in which artists create massive artworks taking into account the scale and structure of the domed venue. Past Monumenta exhibitors included US artist Richard Serra and German artist Anselm Kiefer. Indian-born Kapoor, famed for his Cloud Gate sculpture, which lives in Chicago's Millennium Park, dedicated the exhibit to Ai Weiwei. Click to read more about the exhibit.
 

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