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Artist outraged at ‘plagiarism’ of his sculpture in China

Workers polished a new sculpture in the shape of a giant oil bubble at a tourism resort built near the first drilling well of the Karamay oil field in China. REUTERS

LONDON — Renowned artist Anish Kapoor has expressed outrage about the appearance of a sculpture in China that appears identical to his ‘‘Cloud Gate’’ in Chicago.

Representatives of the British-Indian sculptor said Wednesday he was shocked at the ‘‘blatant plagiarism’’ of his sculpture, a giant, mirrored piece displayed in Chicago’s Millennium Park that reflects the city’s skyline.

Reports in China, including one from state-run media People’s Daily, say a ‘‘stainless steel sculpture in the shape of an oil bubble’’ will be unveiled later this month in Karamay, a city in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang known for its rich oil fields. Work on the sculpture began in 2013, at the site of the city’s first oil well.


The reports carried photographs of the Chinese sculpture, which resembles Kapoor’s. It is not immediately known who created the Chinese ‘‘oil bubble.’’

In a statement Wednesday, Kapoor said he wanted to ‘‘take this to the highest level and pursue those responsible in the courts.’’

‘‘It seems that in China today it is permissible to steal the creativity of others,’’ he said. ‘‘I hope that the Mayor of Chicago will join me in this action. The Chinese authorities must act to stop this kind of infringement and allow the full enforcement of copyright.’’

Many Chinese people have bemoaned the prevalent plagiarism in their country — even for high-profile projects.

One of the official songs for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will be held in China, has been criticized for its similarity to ‘‘Let it Go,’’ the hit song from the Disney film ‘‘Frozen.’’

The 110-ton, 30-foot high “Cloud Gate” sculpture in Millennium Park was designed by renowned British artist Anish Kapoor.Choose Chicago


Didi Tang contributed from Beijing.