The BBC reports that tourists found it gross and confusing. “This is a bit of a mess, a heap of metal, rocks,” Versailles resident and retired professor Pierre Dhainaut told the Associated Press. “I know it is a composition, but let’s say that this is ruining the perspective that visitors of the castle may have.”
But not everyone thinks that Kapoor slipped up. “I think it is appropriate. I mean, a human body is a work of art.” Brittany Watson, a 28-year-old visiting from Virginia, told the AP.
“Dirty Corner” is just one of six large sculptural installations that are on display throughout the palace grounds as part of Kapoor’s solo summer show that opens on June 9, reports the New York Times. Kapoor told the Times that the installation is the main focal point of the show and consists of 400 or 500 tons of stones “with a big vulvalike form sitting watching. ”
“I don’t see why it’s problematic,” the artist told Agence France-Presse on Friday, “The point is to create a dialogue between these great gardens and the sculptures.”