A 26-foot-diameter water vortex, Descension is a “dynamic negative space” that endlessly swirls towards its center, ultimately sinking down into a hole and into the ground. “Kapoor invites us to experience the sheer perceptual wonder of an ordinary material like water made to behave in an extraordinary way,” the Public Art Fund states in a release announcing the exhibit.
The work is the polar opposite of the geothermal geysers, Geysir and Strokkur, in Iceland—instead of an active pool of water shooting high up into the air at intervals, the ever-swirling Descension keeps getting sucked downward at its core.
Viewers seemed to clutch onto their phones and cameras extra tightly when snapping shots over the fence surrounding the work—perhaps worrying that their gadgets might slip out of their hands and go spinning down into the whirlpool’s drain.
Descension is on view through September 10, 2017.