Good Sports: SCULPTOR HELPS REFUGEES
Anish Kapoor, a British-Indian sculptor, was named the Genesis Prize Laureate 2017 and said that he will use the $1 million prize money to help refugees.
“I am an artist, not a politician, and I feel I must speak out against indifference for the suffering of others,” Kapoor said. “There are over 60 million refugees in the world today … Their wellbeing is our wellbeing; their desperation is ours.”
The Genesis Prize, considered to be the “Jewish Nobel Prize,” is awarded to people of Jewish heritage who have excelled in their professions. Kapoor, who was born in Bombay to an Iraqi-Jewish mother and Indian father, has made a number of notable public sculptures, including Cloud Gate, also known as “the Bean,” in Chicago’s Millennium Park. He was knighted by the Queen in 2013.
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