This past Tuesday (March 27) the Museum of Fine Arts installed the “Cloud Column” by Anish Kapoor which is similar to the famouse “Cloud Gate” otherwise known as the bean. However, some people in Chicago isn’t too thrilled.
As part of her column titled “Unoriginal 4th Place Houston get it’s own Bean..Whatever” posted on Tuesday, Kim Janssen from the Chicago Tribune stung the city of Houston with the following paragraph:
If being surrounded by a cultureless abyss insufficiently communicates to confused tourists that they are in Houston, the bean’s verticality will therefore act as an additional reminder of their poor life choices.
“The bean’s” is referring to the similarity between British sculptor Kapoor’s “Cloud Column” and his “Cloud Gate” work in the Chicago-based Millennium Park, known affectionately for years as “the Bean.”
“I have admired Anish Kapoor’s work for more than 20 years,” said MFAH director Gary Tinterow on the organization’s website. “When we had the opportunity several years ago to acquire this precursor to Chicago’s Cloud Gate, I could only imagine that it would be as extraordinary for this city as Anish’s work has been for Chicago. Its elegant form and the subtle humanity of its hand-worked surface will fully animate this new gathering place for Houston.”
The sculpture will be located on the Glassell School of Art plaza which will open to the public on May 20.
Hey Chicago, Get over it.
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Houston: Cloud Column has landed at @mfahouston. The sequel to Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (aka the Bean) in Chicago, Houston’s version stands upright, like a rocket, and shows the imperfections of hand-hammering. This edition was originally crafted for the British Museum in London, but that didn’t work out, so their loss is our gain! Expecting you all to have new profile pics soon 😂#housrts #houston #cloudgate #cloudcolumn #houston #txarts #texarts #sculpture