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WATCH: Move Over Chicago, Houston Has A Bean Now Too

The newly installed sculpture by Anish Kapoor gives Houston its own bean-shaped landmark

Driving down Montrose Boulevard outside the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, you can catch a glimpse of “Cloud Column,” a newly installed sculpture from Anish Kapoor, the same artist behind “Cloud Gate,” better known as Chicago’s Bean sculpture. 

It took a massive crane to hoist the more than 20,000 pound sculpture into place Monday as a sea of hard-hats and reflective safety vests looked on.

While Cloud Column is shiny and reflective like its Midwestern cousin, this bean stands upright and has the small imperfections of hand-hammered steel.

“It does what I hoped it would do but so much better than I imagined,” said Gary Tinterow, Director of Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), seeing Cloud Column installed. “It has so much resonance to me with Houston and our history as space city — there’s something about the heavens in this work.”

“Cloud Column” lay unfinished in Anish Kapoor’s London workspace after the sculptor’s original commissioners were unable to see the project to completion, said Tinterow. While “Cloud Column” remained in storage, Kapoor began work on other projects like Chicago’s “Cloud Gate.” When MFAH staff learned “Cloud Column” was available to acquire, the museum decided to install the work outside the future Glassell School of Art which is still under construction, slated to open in May.  

 

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Davis Land

Davis Land

General Assignments Reporter

Davis Land is a general assignment reporter for Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media/Transom.org in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a...

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