Creator of Chicago’s ‘Bean’ Sculpture Sues NRA for Using It in a Pro-Gun Ad

Anish Kapoor claims organization violated his copyright

The social media-famous structure should not be used to perpetuate gun violence, its creator said. Getty Images
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Chicago’s Cloud Gate, better known as The Bean, is as iconic an image of the city as they come. Since its installation in 2006, it has graced all manner of social (and other) media, with its backdrop of the Windy City’s skyline. Now its creator, Anish Kapoor, is suing the NRA for using the famous sculpture’s likeness in an ad.

In a federal lawsuit, Kapoor alleged the NRA violated his copyright by using an image of the structure in the PSA-style ad “The Clenched Fist of Truth,” which decries how the left is brainwashing the nation’s youth and generally destroying our freedoms.

Kapoor told the media he felt his work had been used to perpetuate hateful ideology and requested not only the image’s removal, but damages for the violation as well. The NRA’s appropriation of the image is especially troubling given Chicago’s reputation for gun violence, especially in the summer when warmer temperatures correlate to an increase in shootings.

The Bombay-born Kapoor is historically protective of his work and even secured a license for the world’s “blackest black” in 2016.


@AlissaFleck Alissa Fleck is a New York City-based reporter, podcast producer and contributor to Adweek.