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The art of Imitation: Bean and Bubble

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Anish Kapoor, a British-Indian sculptor has once again emerged in the headlines. Earlier, in June, he came into the limelight when one of his sculptures which he described as “the vagina of a queen taking power” was spray-painted by vandals. Now, he is again the talk of the town as the city of Karamay in Western China is all set to unveil a sculpture that looks similar to the 110-tonne stainless-steel structure ‘Cloud Gate’ situated in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which is also known as the bean.

source: phaidon.com
source: phaidon.com

The Mumbai-born British artist told Le Figaro, a French daily that this act of imitation is intolerable and is mainly due to political problems. The refusal on part of the Karamay city officials to disclose the name of the artist is another cause of his anger. Anish Kapoor sees this as a blatant act of plagiarism. Determined to seek justice and take the matter to the court, he said, “In China today it is permissible to steal the creativity of others”.

He is hopeful to get support from mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, in his pursuit of justice, though Emanuel had a distinct view of the Karamay sculpture – “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and if you want to see original artwork… you come to Chicago”.

The American copyright law says that in visual and other forms of art, a copy of an artwork comes under the infringement of the copyright act. Also, using the elements of others’ copyrighted work can be permitted as ‘fair use’ even though determining the extent of ‘fair use’ is complicated. However, as a prerequisite condition, one should take permission from the artist before borrowing from his art or at least admit and give due credit to the artist.

The defenders say that the Karamay sculpture – ‘Big Oil Bubble’ is inspired by the city’s natural oil well and any resemblance to the ‘Bean’ might just be a coincidence.

 

(With inputs from The Economist)

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Google Offers Scholarship of Rs 5 Lakh for the Winner of ‘Doodle for Google’

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India".

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'Doodle 4 Google' can get you Rs 5 lakh scholars
'Doodle 4 Google' can get you Rs 5 lakh scholarship.VOA

Google on Monday announced the “2018 Doodle 4 Google” contest inviting creative, art-loving students from across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme for the doodle is “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, can be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

The winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, along with the opportunity to share their inspiration through their artwork, the company said in a statement.

Representational Image of 'Doodle for Google'. Flickr
Representational Image of ‘Doodle for Google’. Flickr

The winning doodle would also get featured on Google’s homepage on Children’s Day.

The contest is open to students from Class 1 to 10 and the last date of submission is October 6.

A panel of guest judges including the original doodle team leader at Google, Ryan Germick, will review the entries this year.

The internal judging and jury votes would finally shortlist the top 20 doodles that would be put up for public voting from October 23 to November 5, the statement said.

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The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”.

The same contest also runs in regions including Canada, Latin America and other Asian countries.(IANS)

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