British artist Anish Kapoor, whose work is well known to fans of the Dallas Cowboys — he created Sky Mirror, the lavish, $13 million outdoor sculpture at AT&T Stadium — issued a scathing denunciation of the National Rifle Association on Monday, angrily citing its use of one of his works in an NRA promotional video.
In at least two videos, ArtNews reports, the NRA used an image of Cloud Gate (2006), Kapoor’s bean-like reflective sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which is a popular tourist attraction known as “The Bean.” Cloud Gate carries with it many of the same design elements as Sky Mirror, which serves as the signature piece of the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection.
Kapoor decried the NRA video, accusing it of seeking “to whip up fear and hate. It plays to the basest and most primal impulses of paranoia, conflict and violence, and uses them in an effort to create a schism to justify its most regressive attitudes. Hidden here is a need to believe in a threatening ‘Other’ different from ourselves.”
In an email to ARTnews, Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, wrote: “The NRA’s dangerous agenda is on its way out — millions of Americans are rising up to demand a nation in which our loved ones are safe. We are grateful to Anish Kapoor and everyone who continues to spotlight the issue of gun violence, and speak out against groups who would prioritize profits over public safety.”