The world famous Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor (1954) has a predilection for the grand gesture. This is evidenced by his Mountain (2001), an immense silver coloured iceberg. Many of his works give the appearance of retreating into the distance or – like holes – disappearing into the ground. With his powers of enchantment, some liken Kapoor to a shaman.
At first glance, Mountain looks like a massive, inaccessible rock formation that is tempting us to climb to its top. But when viewed from above, staring back at us is an ominous emptiness, surrounded by a fragile, narrow ledge, where no climber would dare to set foot. Mountain consists of 1,000 parts and 10,000 screws, and is built up of 120 layers of aluminium, two centimetres thick, mounted on an armature.