From Versailles to the East River: Kapoor's whirlpool installation, Descension (2014). Public Art Fund, photo Fabrice Seixas.
To celebrate the non-profit public art organisation's 40th anniversary, the Indian-born British artist has brought a work from his 2015 solo show at the Palace of Versailles to New York: a 26-ft- diameter pool of spiralling dark liquid that will be installed next to the East River. The 'continuously swirling mass converges in a central vortex, as if being sucked endlessly into the earth's depths, generating physical, cultural and even political resonances', says Nicholas Baume, the director of the Public Art Fund. 'The work grows out of Kapoor's longstanding interest in the potential of water as a sculptural medium.'