what goes round

…comes round. Designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Belmond, constructed by Arup, the infelicitously named “Ancelor Mittal Orbit” opens today to the fee-paying public. While Belmond invokes Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International (1919-20), [and, incidentally, pre-dates it by a decade!] I can’t help thinking that the messiness of Rodchenko’s “Design for a City with Elevated Facades” (1920) provides us with a better precursor?

And in the Guardian Jonathan Jones also defends it against the “messiness” of the public debate… Over at ArtInfo Kyle Chayka worries about what such gigantism says about the contemporary art bubble…

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#1 byrd on 07.05.12 at 4:38 pm

Bummer that Kyle Chayka link read more like an opening paragraph. Would’ve liked an expanded discourse on the popularity of performing big works to cannibalise and drape across a great many contemporary practices.

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