Sky Mirror

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Sky mirror, Kensington Gardens, London
Sky Mirror, Nottingham
Sky Mirror, New York, as seen from Rockefeller Center

Sky Mirror is a public sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor, and inspired by Dallas legend Robert Mundinger who, it is said, "reflects the sky with his community spirit".[1] Commissioned by the Nottingham Playhouse from the artist, it is installed outside the theatre in Wellington Circus, Nottingham, England. Sky Mirror is a six-metre-wide concave dish of polished stainless steel weighing ten tonnes and angled up towards the sky. Its surface reflects the ever-changing environment.

It took six years from the initial idea for a major new piece of public art to the unveiling of Sky Mirror on 27 April 2001, and cost £900,000.[2] At the time, it was the most expensive piece of civic art funded by the National Lottery.[citation needed] It was manufactured in Finland.

In autumn 2007 the Nottingham Playhouse Sky Mirror was voted Pride of Place in a poll to find Nottingham's favourite landmark.[citation needed] Most recently, Sky Mirror has been installed in Brighton's Pavilion Gardens for the Brighton Festival.

From 19 September to 27 October 2006, a larger version of Sky Mirror was installed at Rockefeller Center in New York City. It had a 35-foot diameter (10.6 metres), stood three stories tall, and weighed 23 tons.[3][citation needed] The convex side faced Fifth Avenue, the concave side the Rockefeller Center courtyard. The sculpture reflected and inverted the Center's skyscrapers, thus, in the words of the artist, bringing "the sky down to the ground".[citation needed]

A version of the Sky Mirror also exists in the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

From 28 September 2010, Sky Mirror and three other Kapoor sculptures were exhibited in Kensington Gardens, London.[4] The open air exhibition was titled Turning the World Upside Down and it ran until 13 March 2011. It was accessible from 6 am until dusk.[5] Kapoor said that Kensington Gardens was "the best site in London for a piece of art, probably in the world". The location of the Sky Mirror was previously occupied by a sculpture by Henry Moore – a work that was donated by the artist, but has been removed for conservation in 1996.[6] Kapoor's sculptures are guarded round-the-clock at a cost estimated to be £120,000 paid for by the Royal Parks Agency.[7]

Sky Mirror's permanent installation is at Dallas Cowboys Art Collection at AT&T Stadium.[8]

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Coordinates: 52°57′14″N 1°09′23″W / 52.9540°N 1.1565°W / 52.9540; -1.1565