(CREATOR’S PROJECT, NY) The Grand Palais in Paris featured thousands of rabid fans dancing on June 21, 2011 around the sprawling art installation of legendary British sculptor Anish Kapoor. The Creators Project enlisted Richie Hawtin and Anish Kapoor as creators for this unique collaboration at one of Paris’s most inspirational museums. Each year at MONUMENTA a leading international contemporary artist is invited by the Ministry of Culture and Communication to create an exceptional new work for the 13,500 m² Nave of the Grand Palais, in the heart of Paris.
This year it played host to a colossal new work from the British sculptor, Anish Kapoor. Transforming the space into a red cavernous chamber that seems to extend beyond the scope of the structure that encapsulates it, Kapoor once again demonstrates the profound mastery of shape, scale and subtle use of eye-popping color that have made him such a force to be reckoned with on the international arts scene. Called Leviathan, the installation embodies the sense of awe-inspiring power and mysticism of the Biblical sea monster after which it is named.
“My ambition,” said Kapoor in the press release, “is to create a space within a space that responds to the height and luminosity of the Nave at the Grand Palais. Visitors will be invited to walk inside the work, to immerse themselves in color, and it will, I hope, be a contemplative and poetic experience.”
It is in this monumental, transfigurative setting that electronic music pioneer Richie Hawtin performed on June 21, through a creative partnership between The Creators Project and WeLoveArt. Hawtin’s DJ set helped lend an entirely new artistic experience to the space through the integration of music.
Photo credit: Pierre Emanuel Rastoin