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Turning the world inside out again

12 Mar 2006 / 0 Comments / in about art
I first met Anish Kapoor’s sculpture Turning the world inside out when it was being temporarily exhibited at the Rollright stones in July 2003.

The sculpture is a highly polished metal orb and despite weighing about a ton, appears to float from wherever you look at it. I fell in love with it immediately for the way it absorbed and reflected the stone circle and allowed me to see myself as an integral part of the monument.

Yesterday I went to Lister Park in Bradford with my husband, son and step-son to eat fish and chips, feed the ducks and suss out the awesome playground. (Yeah! I know how to live.)I had a deja-vu moment when I remembered that back in 1983 I had visited here when I was at college in Yorkshire to see David Hockney’s Le Plongeur which is permanently housed at Cartwright Hall, a magnificent building in the park. I fancied seeing it again so left the boys to the swings, slides, football, pirate ships and light snow flurries and headed off to find it.

The Hockney was on loan to a museum in Germany but my disappointment was immediately overcome as I came face-to-face once again with Turning the world inside out. I was as pleased as if I’d bumped into an old friend!

It is such a beautiful, shiny intriguing shape which draws you in and encourages you to walk round and round and round…
From the balcony you can even look down on it.
And it forces you to get involved and think about the space it – and you – occupy together.

Outside as the boys scoffed chocolate and got muddy, as well as the usual mallards, Canada geese, coots and moorhens, I spotted tufted ducks, goosanders and redbreasted mergansers bobbing around on the boating lake.

Fantastic!

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