Anish Kapoor calls himself "a painter who is a sculptor." His work fuses Eastern and Western cultural traditions, evoking beliefs, passions and experiences that are both of this world and intensely spiritual. Six Secret Places consists of organic forms inspired by the elemental forms of fire, water, seeds, flowers, fruit and mountains. Using vibrant pigments, the artist references the Hindu worship and fertility rituals of his native India.

Six Secret Places affirms the artist's involvement with "places of power." In Kapoor's personal color symbology, yellow corresponds to desire, while red symbolizes generative masculinity.


  • Title: Six Secret Places
  • Creator: Anish Kapoor
  • Creator Lifespan: b. 1954
  • Creator Nationality: English
  • Creator Birth Place: India
  • Date Created: 1983
  • Physical Dimensions: w4242.82 x h1143 x d597.41 ft (Overall)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation---Commerce Bank, Trustee © 1983 Anish Kapoor, © 1983 Anish Kapoor
  • Medium: Wood, polystyrene, Fiberglas, and pigment
  • Culture: English

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