The art of the fairground mirror

This year’s Brighton Festival was curated by Anish Kapoor. He arranged for his giant polished sculpture “C Curve” (1997) to be placed up on the Downs just outside Brighton. Here’s a couple of shots of this extraordinary thing (one from each side), which was very popular to visit. Fortunately, it belittles the photographer (and my beer gut takes some belittling). It had to be guarded during the hours of daylight, because the concave side concentrated sunrays on a spot on the concrete plinth, where if you placed a cup of water, it boiled! The guards were there to ensure it didn’t do the same to humans.