Sculptor Anish Kapoor has undertaken investigations into objecthood that have expanded Post-Minimalist practices and
had a profound effect on the course of contemporary sculpture. His monumental Tall Tree & The Eye consists of 73 reflective spheres anchored around three axes. This illusionistic work continues the artist's examination of complex mathematical and structural principles embodied in sculptural form. The mirrored surfaces of the orbs reflect and refract one another, simultaneously creating and dissolving form and space. Images of the surrounding city, including the Nervión river, Daniel Buren's sculptural intervention on the neighboring La Salve Bridge Arcos rojos/Arku gorriak, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao itself, are cast into dynamic suspension. Kapoor reminds us of the instability and ephemerality of our vision, and by extension, of our world.


  • Title: Tall Tree & The Eye
  • Creator: Anish Kapoor
  • Date Created: 2009
  • Location: Bilbao, Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: 4.4 x 13 x 4.4 m
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Stainless steel and carbon steel
  • Artwork's location in the Museum: Pond

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