Anish Kapoor’s monumental Sky Mirror is now on display in the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center. The massive, tilted piece, assembled from sections of highly polished stainless steel, stands three stories tall. The Indian-born artist describes the work as a “non-object,” a work of art that suggests a window or void and seems to disappear into its surroundings.
Despite its size, the combination of its reflective qualities, the curving surfaces and the angle at which it is displayed distort the viewer’s perceptions. The closer one stands, the more difficult it is to discern the edges and boundaries and to see where Sky Mirror begins and ends.
Walk around it and you’ll see the effects of the changing light and angle; one moment the sculpture stands out distinctly from the nearby buildings, the next it appears to blend into its surroundings, and finally it almost completely vanishes.
Sky Mirror will remain at Rockefeller Center until October 27. See it soon — before it disappears.