Houston has recently gotten a new statue in the city. “Cloud Column” created by artist Anish Kapoor by the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown Houston. With the installation of this artwork, many from the Windy City have some things to say about it. Kim Janssen from the Chicago Tribune said, “If being surrounded by a cultureless abyss insufficiently communicates to confused tourists that they are in Houston, the bean’s verticality will, therefore, act as an additional reminder of their poor life choices.” Which are some harsh words to say something as simple as a bean statue correct? We are going to assume Mrs. Janssen was still a little irate from the Rockets-Bulls game in which the Rockets demolished the bulls by 30 points without James Harden and Clint Capela due to rest. (All jokes aside the article were written hours before the game, so this is not the real reason.).
Houston is currently the 4th largest city in the United States and Chicago is 3rd. As stated in her article she believes the city of Houston is ripping off Chicago’s main attraction: their “Bean”. There are some notable differences from the statue in Houston versus the statue in Chicago. The Houston statue is an upright statue while the Chicago one is laying on its side. Chicago’s statue is also a little bigger as well, we didn’t want to steal ALL of their thunder, did we? “Cloud Column” is still currently being installed in Houston and looks to be opening in the coming weeks. The artwork is located outside the future Glassell School of Art which is also still in development slated to open around the beginning of Summer.
Once Houston gets its own bean, I’m sure many will have fun taking pictures with it. Chicago- We don’t mean to steal your artwork, but why not let us have some cool artwork with the numerous other ones we already have across all the city? That’s the difference between Houston and Chicago, we are just simply adding on to all the beautiful artwork that’s already there.