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Saturday 23 June 2018

Anish Kapoor outraged over 'blatant plagiarism' of China statue

People reflected in Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park in Chicago (AP)
People reflected in Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park in Chicago (AP)
Anish Kapoor said he wanted to sue those responsible for the sculpture

Renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor has expressed outrage about the appearance of a sculpture in China that appears identical to his Cloud Gate in Chicago.

Representatives of the British-Indian sculptor, who designed the ArcelorMittal Orbit for the London 2012 Olympics, said he was shocked at the "blatant plagiarism" of his sculpture, a giant, mirrored piece displayed in Chicago's Millennium Park that reflects the city's skyline.

Reports in China say a "stainless steel sculpture in the shape of an oil bubble" will be unveiled later this month in Karamay, a city in the far north-western region of Xinjiang known for its rich oil fields.

Work on the sculpture began in 2013, at the site of the city's first oil well.

The reports carried photographs of the Chinese sculpture, which resembles Kapoor's. It is not immediately known who created the Chinese "oil bubble".

In a statement, Kapoor said he wanted to "take this to the highest level and pursue those responsible in the courts".

"It seems that in China today it is permissible to steal the creativity of others," he said.

"I hope that the mayor of Chicago will join me in this action. The Chinese authorities must act to stop this kind of infringement and allow the full enforcement of copyright."

Many Chinese people have bemoaned the prevalent plagiarism in their country - even for high-profile projects.

One of the official songs for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will be held in China, has been criticised for its similarity to Let it Go, the hit song from the Disney film Frozen.

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