On Montrose Boulevard outside the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, you can now find the “Cloud Column,” a newly installed sculpture from Anish Kapoor, the same artist behind “Cloud Gate,” AKA Chicago’s Bean sculpture. It took a huge crane to place the more than 20,000 pound sculpture Monday.
While Cloud Column is also shiny and reflective like its Chicago cousin, this bean sculpture stands upright and has intentional small imperfections of hand-hammered steel.
“It does what I hoped it would do but so much better than I imagined,” said Gary Tinterow, Director of Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), seeing Cloud Column installed. “It has so much resonance to me with Houston and our history as space city — there’s something about the heavens in this work.”
“Cloud Column” previously was unfinished in Anish Kapoor’s London workspace after the sculptor’s original commissioners were unable to see the project to completion, said Tinterow. While “Cloud Column” remained in storage, Kapoor began work on other projects like Chicago’s “Cloud Gate.” When MFAH staff learned “Cloud Column” was available to acquire, the museum decided to install the work outside the future Glassell School of Art which is still under construction, slated to open in May.