Anish Kapoor: where high art battles with architecture and politics

A tale of two cities: First up, Naples. Anish Kapoor and architects Future Systems have been commissioned to create a fully-functioning tube station (left) that is “a synthesis of purpose and beauty.”

London: Kapoor has been shortlisted for the vacant fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. The newly elected London Mayor Boris Johnson has waded in, saying that the plinth be used for a permanent statue of World War II RAF commander Sir Keith Park. Kapoor recently told the Art Newspaper: “He [Johnson] is a a fool. He hasn’t the faintest idea and he ought to keep his mouth shut.” Now, that won’t get your sculpture built Mr Kapoor. But the contrast between the two developments shows the different directions the two cities are heading, perhaps?