Kapoor Elliptical Sculpture, Gibbs Farm


This sculpture consisted of 2 identical ellipses approximately 27 metres long on the major axis and 13 metres long on the minor axis. The ellipses were formed by a process called “Hot induction bending” , this involved splitting the ellipses into sections of different radii and then fabricating them into a complete ellipse. The ellipses were transported completely assembled to the site. Each ellipse weighed approximately 40 tonnes. The ellipses were erected with one having its major axis horizontal on a fixed concrete pad. The second ellipse was erected with its major axis vertical on a pinned pivoting connection, this allowed for the fabric sleeve that runs between the 2 ellipses to be fitted and then the non-fixed ellipse was winched into the vertical position and locked.