Anish Kapoor Marsyas 2002 theEYE:Anish Kapoor

Some people (including me) believe that Art can change your life and if I was to name a defining work of Art that has left me with a remarkable experience it has to be Anish Kapoor’s Marsyas.

This monumental sculpture in some ways is also a painting in space. It is a celebration of colour and just as Rothko demonstrated the different layers of what initially appears as the same colour, Anish Kapoor demonstrates how a large structure stretched in a large space gives different experiences of a colour in this case red.

If public galleries are our modern temples then Anish Kapoor has provided some of its remarkable objects of worship.

The mythology of Marsyas is also interesting.

In Greek mythology, the satyr Marsyas (gr. Μαρσύας) is a central figure in two stories involving music: in one, he picked up the double flute (aulos) that had been abandoned by Athena and played it;[1] in the other, he challenged Apollo to a contest of music and lost his hide and life. In Antiquity, literary sources often emphasise the hubris of Marsyas and the justice of his punishment.

read more on the Marsyas mythology

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