New York holes

Sam Korman reflects on Anish Kapoor’s whirlpool, reflecting pools and other New York orifices

By Sam Korman

Anish Kapoor, Descension, 2014, installation view at Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, 2017. Photo: James Ewing. © 2017 Anish Kapoor. Courtesy Public Art Fund, New York. 9/11 Memorial, New York, 2013. Photo: Steve Gardner / Flickr Anish Kapoor, Descension, 2014, installation view at Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, 2017. Photo: James Ewing. © 2017 Anish Kapoor. Courtesy Public Art Fund, New York. Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, 'Oculus', 1998, mosaic, Chambers Street station, New York City. Image: Sam Korman

I basically walked right through it, that’s how I found it. On my way to a poetry library in Battery Park that promised good wi-fi and aircon and a rare view of the water. You might think that it would’ve been more obvious to me, but like a sun-blind rat, I just walked past this gap, a conspicuous site in one of New York’s densest neighbourhoods. Oh, that’s just Andrew Hamilton’s graveyard, probably. Chess-like games of sidewalk right-of-way cause aloofness…

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