Leviathan by Anish Kapoor

Anish Kappor was invited for the fourth Monumenta to create a sculpture at the Grand Palais in Paris. His creation, called Leviathan, is a 35 meter inflated sculpture occupying 13,500 square meters, all made of PVC.
The PVC alone weighs 18 tonnes and Kapoor and his team have spent a whole week inflating it, while there was no trial run. „We had one shot,“ he said. „Doing a project like this is about taking a risk, and no wrinkles were allowed.“

Leviathan occupying the space at the Grand Palais

The work is also pan-European: The initial computer work was done in England and then the PVC was cut in Germany, assembled in Italy and set up by a Czech crew in Paris. The company behind the material is one of the leading French companies in the composite textiles industry, Serge Ferrari.


The colour of the textile was of great importance, greater than the geometry.
For “Leviathan”, Serge Ferrari teams were mobilized to take up the real chromatic challenge created by the artist: producing a high density organic red, while maintaining the translucent qualities of Précontraint® textile.
The Précontraint® textile is a High-performance composite membrane for architecture. Its structural characteristics are complemented by highly effective resistance to dirt and aging resulting from PVDF based surface treatments. Lightweight and durable, these membranes are also 100% recyclable!
Photos credit >> designboom

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