Yesterday, it was discovered that an Anish Kapoor sculpture was vandalized with yellow spray paint. Titled Dirty Corner, the steel sculpture is currently on view at Versailles, where it is installed in a part of the gardens known as the Great Perspective. The sculpture is currently being cleaned.
Dirty Corner, which is part of an exhibition of six works by Kapoor at Versailles, has been the subject of debate in France. Kapoor says that the sculpture, a 32-foot-tall conical form with a hole that extends backwards for 197 feet, is meant to symbolize “the vagina of a queen who is taking power.” Naturally, this has led to polarized responses. Le Parisien called it “a provocation of a genius,” while Robert Ménard, a right-wing mayor in Bézier, tweeted that it “disfigures our heritage.”
Kapoor’s sculpture is the second public work of art that has inspired vandalism in France in the past year. In October 2014, Paul McCarthy’s Christmas Tree, an oversized and inflated mint-green sex toy, was deflated less than a week after it was installed in Place Vendôme, in Paris.
Unlike McCarthy, however, Kapoor has yet to be slapped and yelled at by a Frenchman.