The Sky Mirror, set to be installed in Rockefeller Center on Sept. 19, is a 35-foot-diameter concave mirror by Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor. Made of polished stainless steel, it will stand nearly three stories tall at the Fifth Avenue entrance and will present viewers with an inversion of the skyline featuring the historic landmark building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
I probably shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions before it’s even installed, but since I’m on a “Chicago kicks arse” tangent (for more on that click here and here), I’m going to predict that The Sky Mirror (also designed by Kapoor) will not razzle dazzle ’em as much as The Bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park. This is partly having to do with the context. Yes, Rockefeller Plaza is thought of as one of the greatest public spaces in America, but Millennium Park is hailed as one of the greatest public spaces on earth. What’s more, The Bean (formally named Cloud Gate), with 360 degrees of viewing, provides infinite distortions and juxtapositions, and it’s much more interactive. You can walk underneath the twelve-foot arch, as well as around it (66 feet long and 33 feet high). The Sky Mirror will offer different images as people pass in and out of it’s reflection, but it’s essentially just a mirror, a two-dimensional sculpture.
For more images of The Bean, go to flickr (where these came from).