Time and Place: ‘Untitled’ by Anish Kapoor

Shot April 6, 2012

This week’s Time and Place photo was taken at 2:32 p.m., April 6, 2012, at the High Museum, 1280 Peachtree St. I have been mesmerized by this art piece at the High ever since I first experienced it some months ago. My newborn child and I would return every week to stand in front of it and freak out. She was already hypnotized by mirrors and this took her fascination to a whole new level (maybe too intense?). Perhaps the most interesting element of the piece is the audible quality, if you stand in just the right spot and whisper or talk your voice is amplified to a much much higher level adding to the mind-blowing effect of feeling like you are on another planet when standing in front of this art.

The art is the creation of Anish Kapoor, an artist born in Bombay, India, in 1954. He has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s. His most famous piece in the United States is “Cloud Gate” in Chicago, affectionately known by Chicagoans as “the Bean,” an epic 110-ton elliptical sculpture at the heart of Chicago’s Millennium park.

The roughly 10-foot-tall High piece, with the captivating name “Untitled” was installed using a forklift in 2010. For this photograph I was trying to capture the piece in an unusual and unexpected way, I wanted to make a viewer feel as disoriented as one feels when they stand in front of it, so I waited until someone looked behind the piece while another individual looked at it from the front.

A few more pictures of “Untitled” are after the break.

(The next free day at the High Museum is Saturday, May 5. You must be a Fulton County resident. Acceptable I.D. includes valid driver’s license, utility bill, or student I.D. from a Fulton County school.)