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Posted by portugalpress on August 15, 2018

Porto’s celebrated Serralves Museum is closely accompanying the situation of an unfortunate Italian who appears to have fallen into the “Descent into Limbo” - an iconic work by Anglo-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor.

Kapoor’s “Descent into Limbo” is quite simply a cement room, six metres square with a black hole in it in the centre that he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr in 2016 “reads like a carpet”.

But it is not a carpet… it is a drop of around 2.5 metres, and into this space fell the Italian on Monday.

Now, it’s not immediately clear why the man fell. The story behind this work is well-documented - and visitors were no doubt clear of the risk inherent in a large hole in the middle of a small room as they had to sign a “term of responsibility” before entering, and be accompanied by an assistant.

Discussing his work with Andrew Marr two years ago, Kapoor agreed that he liked to make sculptures that terrify people - so in that he has most certainly succeeded.

The Italian, described as 60-years-old, remains in Porto’s Santo António Hospital, while the Serralves foundation has temporarily closed the “Descent into Limbo”, pending “the reinforcement of security measures”.


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