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World’s largest sculpture at Tate Modern

Farouk Campbell

Anish Kapoor's gigantic 'Marsyas' is the third in the Unilever Series commissioned for Tate Modern.

This enormous sculpture, the largest in the world, is housed in the equally impressive Turbine Hall. Alluding to a classical reference of a satyr flayed alive by the god Apollo, 'Marsyas' has been likened to flayed skin by its creator and comprises three steel rings joined together by a single span of red PVC. Its three hugh projecting funnels look like trumpet lilies or some massive theme park construction.

With light travelling through its three interconnecting gramophone-like funnels it cannot be perceived in one single glance and possesses biological connotations of blood vessels or fallopian tubes. Needing both NASA and abseiling experts to aid its construction, the structure touches the full dimensions of the Turbine Hall and stand as a feat of engineering and art. Spatially it is a marvel, beautiful, simple and a wonder to the mind and eyes.

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