The artist behind Chicago’s famous “Cloud Gate” sculpture is fuming over the copycat version currently under construction in Xinjiang, and is threatening to take the case to court.
So that pretty much squashes speculation that he was actually the artist behind the thing.
Chinese media earlier this week published images of the stainless steel sculpture being built at the site of the first oil well in Karamay. The “Big Oil Bubble” has since made headlines across America, as people have accused the structure and all involved in its creation of shamelessly ripping off “Cloud Gate”, also lovingly referred to as “The Bean”, located in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Anish Kapoor, the renowned artist behind the Chicago sculpture, isn’t too pleased either. Calling the Chinese piece of work “blatant plagiarism”, Kapoor said he plans to “take this to the highest level and pursue those responsible in the courts.”
“It seems that in China today it is permissible to steal the creativity of others,” the British-Indian artist said in a statement yesterday. “I hope that the Mayor of Chicago will join me in this action. The Chinese authorities must act to stop this kind of infringement and allow the full enforcement of copyright.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel probably won’t be getting involved with the legal dispute, seeing as he’s already been using the whole ordeal to lure in tourists.
“Imitation is the greatest form of flattery,” he told reporters yesterday. “And if you want to see original artwork like this or like the Bean, you come to Chicago”.