At the time this work was made Kapoor's sculptures were of three main kinds: concave hemispheres, covered in intense blue pigment, stone carvings hollowed out to reveal dark apertures giving on to deep interior spaces and, as here, split or carved stone, again covered with pigment. The colour blue traditionally has spiritual significance and Kapoor uses it to suggest the sky, or infinity, and the overcoming of matter to reach a more spiritual state. Kapoor has described a similar work as representing a transformation from earth to sky. He confronts ideas common to most of the major religions but avoids specifically religious symbolism.
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