The ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture that Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond designed for the London 2012 Olympic Park



Anish Kapoor

Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor made news this year when he acquired exclusive rights to a pigment said to be the blackest shade of black ever created. Dezeen readers were quick to question whether it was right to "take ownership" of a colour and the much-discussed story pushed Kapoor to the top of our artist ranking.

News that one of Kapoor's best-known works – the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower in London's Olympic park – would be wrapped in the "world's longest and tallest tunnel slide" also grabbed readers' attention. The giant snaking slide was designed by Belgian artist Carsten Höller and opened in June.

Kapoor was born in India in 1954, and came to Britain in the 1970s. His studio, which is housed in an old dairy factory in south London, was also transformed into a series of studios, workshops and galleries earlier this year.

Kapoor's other works include a series of womb-like orbs in the Paris' Grand Palais, and an inflatable mobile concert hall for earthquake-affected areas.

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