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Anish Kapoor says China sculpture copies his Cloud Gate

British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor said on Wednesday he would take legal action based on copyright concerns after noting a close similarity between a huge stainless-steel, globe-like sculpture in China and his Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago.

Chinese work infringes on his popular Chicago sculpture dubbed 'The Bean,' says British artist

In this photo taken Sunday, residents walk past a giant sculpture in the shape of an oil bubble under construction in the city of Karamay in the China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. (Color China Photo/Associated Press)

British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor said on Wednesday he would take legal action based on copyright concerns after noting a close similarity between a huge stainless-steel, globe-like sculpture in China and his Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago.

The sculpture in the far northwestern Chinese city of Karamay, whose sculptor has not been named, is said in a blog on the Wall Street Journal website to resemble an oil bubble, inspired by the rich oil fields of the region.

British artist Anish Kapoor, seen at his exhibition at Versailles near Paris in June, says he will take legal action against those who have created what appears to be a copy of his Cloud Gate sculpture. (Jeff Schaeffer/Associated Press)

Kapoor's sculpture, which is known in Chicago as "The Bean" and was erected in 2006, reflects the city's skyscape and in photographs bears a strong resemblance to the Chinese work.

"It has been reported in the media today that an identical sculpture has been commissioned for the town of Karamay in the Xinjiang region of China," Kapoor said in a statement released on his behalf by publicists in London.

"It seems that in China today it is permissible to steal the creativity of others. I feel I must take this to the highest level and pursue those responsible in the courts."

"I hope that the Mayor of Chicago will join me in this action. The Chinese authorities must act to stop this kind of infringement and allow the full enforcement of copyright."

Kapoor's Chicago work figured in the 2011 movie Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

The Chinese sculpture appears to replicate Kapoor's popular stainless steel Cloud Gate sculpture, nicknamed The Bean and located in Chicago's Millennium Park. (Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press)

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