Sky Mirror

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Sky Mirror, this one commissioned in 2015, on a temporary exhibition in 2020 at Wat Arun, Bangkok

Sky Mirror is a public sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor.[1] Commissioned by the Nottingham Playhouse, it is installed outside the theatre in Wellington Circus, Nottingham, England. Sky Mirror is a 6-metre-wide (20 ft)-wide concave dish of polished stainless steel weighing 10 tonnes (9.8 long tons) 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.[1] 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] More recently,[when?] 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 (11 m) diameter, stood three stories tall, and weighed 23 long tons (23 t).[2][citation needed] The convex side faced Fifth Avenue, the concave side the Rockefeller Center courtyard.

Versions of Sky Mirror also exist in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in front of the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco and in the De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art in Tilburg, the Netherlands.[citation needed]

From 28 September 2010, Sky Mirror and three other Kapoor sculptures were exhibited in Kensington Gardens, London.[3] The open-air exhibition was titled Turning the World Upside Down and it ran until 13 March 2011. It was accessible from 6 a.m. until dusk.[4] Kapoor said that Kensington Gardens was "the best site in London for a piece of art, probably in the world". The location of Sky Mirror was previously occupied by a sculpture by Henry Moore – a work that was donated by the artist, but had been removed for conservation in 1996.[5] Kapoor's sculptures are guarded round-the-clock at a cost estimated to be £120,000 paid for by the Royal Parks Agency.[6][needs update?]

Sky Mirror's permanent installation is at Dallas Cowboys Art Collection at AT&T Stadium.[7]



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  5. ^ Gayford, Martin (28 September 2010). "It's the location of Anish Kapoor's 'Sky Mirror' that counts". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  6. ^ Ross Lydall (7 October 2010). "Reflecting badly: Public pays for guards on Anish Kapoor mirrors". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 23 April 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Granberry, Michael (27 September 2013). "Dallas Cowboys art collection scores a touchdown with Anish Kapoor". The Dallas Morning News. James M. Moroney III. A. H. Belo Corporation. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.

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