Cloud Gate is a magnificent sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, installed in the city of Chicago in 2006. Last week, in the chinese city of Karamay, an almost identical sculpture has been placed, triggering the indignation of the artist that accused China of "blatant plagiarism". Kapoor has already planned legal actions.
Artnet News reports that Kapoor contacted the Rahm Emanue, Mayor of Chicago, to ask him to join in condemning the copyright infringement but the Wall Street Journal reported that Mayor Emanuel said "‘Imitation is the greatest form of flattery". Last Thursday, Kapoor wrote an open letter to Emanuel: "Cloud Gate, ‘The Bean,' has been a major feature of Chicago's landscape for over a decade and has helped keep in view Chicago's vision of itself as the most modern city in America, if not the world. I am therefore astonished at your statements about the Chinese copy of the sculpture Cloud Gate as that of an act of flattery," the artist wrote.