The Hypnotic Swirl of Anish Kapoor’s ‘Descension’ at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Video)


The latest temporary art installation has been unveiled in Brooklyn Bridge Park — a mesmerizing whirlpool by Anish Kapoor. Descension debuted last week on Pier 1, close to the Brooklyn Bridge and Fulton Ferry Landing.

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The circular installation — 26 feet in diameter — is an exploration into the ever-changing behavior of water. The continuous spiral shifts and grows, water splashes over the edges, and the dull throb of the spinning water almost drowns out the sounds of the birds flitting through the park.

anish kapoor descension whirpoll brooklyn bridge park installation

The installation is the first time Descension is being presented in North America. It was previously installed at Versailles in 2015 and at India’s Kochi-Muziris biennale in 2014.

anish kapoor descension whirpool brooklyn bridge park installation

Kapoor works in a range of materials and is known for his outdoor and site-specific works, including the wildly popular polished steel Cloud Gate (aka the Bean) in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

anish kapoor descension whirlpool brooklyn bridge park installation

Descension was installed as part of the 40th anniversary season of the Public Art Fund and you have only until September 10 to be sucked into the vortex.

anish kapoor descension whirlpool brooklyn bridge park installation

[Photos and video by Susan De Vries]

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