Chicago's 'Bean' in China?

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Chicago's Cloud Gate sculpture, affectionately called ''the Bean,'' has a double in China -- and renowned artist Anish Kapoor isn't thrilled with the lookalike. (WLS)

Chicago's Cloud Gate sculpture, affectionately called "the Bean," has a double in China -- and renowned artist Anish Kapoor isn't thrilled with the lookalike.

Artist Anish Kapoor calls the sculpture in Karamay, China, "blatant plagiarism." The sculpture, which state-run media People's Daily calls a "stainless steel sculpture in the shape of an oil bubble" closely resembles Chicago's most well-known piece of public art. China's sculpture is rougher on the surface and has red lights underneath.

The People's Daily, China tweeted a photo.

Karamay is located in a remote region of Xinjiang, China, which is known mostly for its rich oil fields. Work began on that sculpture in 2013 at the site of the city's first oil well.

"I don't think it is a coincidence because this is popular already," Corry Caromawai, who is visiting from Indonesia, said.

In a statement released Wednesday, Kapoor has said he wants to "take this to the highest level and pursue those responsible in the courts."

"It seems that in China today it is permissible to steal the creativity of others," he said. "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."

"For whatever you want to say about Kapoor's artwork, it is clearly wrong for anybody, any artist, any government, or any kind of body to rip it off," Jeff Huebner said.

At Chicago's Millennium Park, Tori Poybon called the Chinese oil bubble a "knock-off."

"It is the greatest compliment," she said.


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