Opponents in High Places Open Thread
Of course, it's possible that Kapoor sees a conspiracy where none truly exists, but I can understand where he might become a bit paranoid after a while. But this story reminded me of something I'm continuously re-learning in the art world, which is that it's important to make as few enemies as you can along the way, because the small fish you dis today might be a power-broker tomorrow. Of course, it's highly unlikely someone you dis today will become the heir to the British Throne, but just in the past week, I've seen two people I've had dealings with get very important positions. And in neither case had I seen such a leap coming. You can draw your own conclusions from that, I'm sure. Consider this an open thread.
UK sculptor Anish Kapoor says that Prince Charles is out to thwart some of his most high-profile public projects. Kapoor’s first taste of this supposed royal interference was when the Dean of St Paul’s suddenly abandoned his designs for a new font for the Cathedral. “From what I understand, the palace, in the form of Prince Charles, had a hand in putting the kybosh on it,” Kapoor told reporters. A spokesperson for St Paul’s says, however, that “Anish Kapoor was never commissioned to design a new font for the Cathedral. His submission was rejected at the exploratory stage.” The Prince of Wales then apparently vetoed the artist’s proposal for the Princess Diana memorial in Hyde Park, London which “technically, we were supposed to have won”, gripes Kapoor who lost out to US landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson. The sculptor is now holding his breath for his planned memorial to the 11 September attacks in Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan, which broke ground last May. The piece was commissioned by the British Memorial Garden Trust, the patron of which is none other than Prince Charles. So will the heir to the throne disappoint Kapoor again? A spokesperson for the trust insisted that “the memorial is scheduled for completion in around a year’s time”.