This stunning sculpture by Anish Kapoor is situated outside Nottingham Playhouse, providing a magnificent centrepiece to the theatre forecourt area.
Sky Mirror History
In 1995 Nottingham Playhouse initiated an artistic and architectural collaboration which culminated with the installation of Sky Mirror in 2001. This was a unique development in England, with a major public art commission for a leading international artist by a leading English theatre.
Sky Mirror created a new external environment to the Playhouse and continues to co-exist with the work that takes place within the theatre. Each have their own identity but both are part of the creative experience that Nottingham Playhouse delivers.
Facts and Figures
- Sky Mirror is nearly 6m in diameter and weighs nearly 10 tonnes.
- A smaller sculpture was made to test the manufacturing process. The safety of both any reflections and it’s strength in adverse weather conditions have been checked.
- Sky Mirror is made from strips of stainless steel from the UK. It was manufactured in Finland through a process of cold forging and was then taken to Wellingborough in the UK for final polishing to create the highly reflective surface.
- 150 cu. m of concrete was used for the forecourt with 10 tonnes of steel reinforcement.
- Sky Mirror is attached to the water feature by 18 stainless steel bolts, each 1.6m long.
- Contrary to media speculation Sky Mirror does not pose any danger to the
public or pigeons in the form of a barbecue ray.
What the Experts Say
I think it’s an extraordinary transformation of the circus. It draws people in and it reflects people back. It’s fresh, dramatic and hasn’t got Robin Hood connotations.
William Feaver, former art critic for the Observer
I think the piece is quite extraordinary. To me it’s like a black and white hole. When you walk towards it you become a part of it. It tends to suck you in.
John Newling – Nottingham based artist
It’s not what I expected. I think I was expecting a smooth reflection. I’m surprised it’s a distorted image. I think it is quite mesmerising though.
Roger Perrot – architect and Chairman of Nottingham Civic Society
This is a major step for the city as a centre for contemporary art. I hope it will give belief other things can be done by artists for and with the community.
Prof. Robert Ayers, artistic director Nottingham Trent University
Born in Bombay, Kapoor has lived and worked in Britain since the early 70s, rising to prominence in the 1980s. One of the most influential sculptors of his generation his work has been exhibited worldwide including the Tate Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Reina Sofia in Madrid. He won the coveted Turner Prize in 1991 and in 1999 the South Bank Show presented a full-length television profile. May 2000 saw the exhibition of new work by Kapoor at the Lisson Gallery, London.
His work investigates metaphysical polarities, which has been described as concerned with ‘material and immaterial, weight and weightlessness, place and non-place’. He explores the relationship between the tangible and non-tangible to create both a physical and spiritual response in the viewer. Kapoor recently created a site specific work at Baltic Mill, a centre for contemporary art in Gateshead. A temporary installation entitled Tarantantara, the interior of the gutted building was swathed in a semi-transparent red fabricated PVC, with stunning results. Other public works include Parabolic Waters sited in the area outside the Millennium Dome in Greenwich.