visitors who went to see ascension, anish kapoor’s installation in basilica di san giorgio in venice were not impressed with the experience. supposedly one of the biennale’s highlights, the work was meant to be a whisp of smoke raising to the ceiling and becoming a seemingly solid pillar, playing on the material/immaterial theme. the first visitors claimed that the smoke column failed to materialize.
the officials and kapoor himself argued that there is a lot of subtlety involved and that the mechanism is working fine now.
to get an idea of how the smoke column was supposed to materialize, check out the video below.
i like it but i understand why people think it may have not worked.
what do you think: win or fail?