Anish Kapoor’s gigantic artwork for Naple’s metro line 7

The sculpture, in the shape of an inverted funnel, represents a descent into the underworld and aspires to make the new Monte Sant’Angelo station a total and democratic work of art. 

It was finally installed by Webuild the artwork of the Anglo-Indian artist Anish Kapoor at the exit of the station of Monte Sant’Angelo, in Naples.

The gigantic sculpture completes the installation conceived about twenty years ago by Kapoor – pushed by Eduardo Cicelyn and Mario Codognato – and is composed of another artwork already positioned at the main entrance of the station.

The idea behind it was to conceive the future subway station as a total work of art, and not simply a place where contemporary artistic production can be accommodated, but relegating it to a merely decorative function.

The urban scale project – which has a strong monumental value, halfway between art and architecture – frames the space, returning it modified and, in some respects, absorbing it. For Kapoor, in fact, the experience of reversal – from outside to inside and vice versa – has always been important, not only on a metaphorical level but on a perceptive one.

The intention was to create a work of art that was in effect an object of common use, passable, habitable, and therefore democratic and available. Not just an object to contemplate, but to use and experience actively.

The opening of the new section of the metro – which will connect Montesanto with the University of Monte Sant’Angelo – scheduled for 2008 has been postponed to 2023.

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