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‘A second-rate bean’: Houston’s new bean sculpture scorned in Chicago

By Meagan Flynn,

The war of the beans started when some northern out-of-towner called Houston, which prides itself in its eclectic arts scene and cuisine, a “cultureless abyss” — a surefire way to invite a hailstorm of hate mail from Houstonians.

The bean at issue — the new bean in Houston — arrived in the city’s Museum District on Monday, lowered onto a new plaza near the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with the help of a giant crane and an army of construction workers. The sculpture, called “Cloud Column” by Anish Kapoor, is shaped less like a bean, really, and more like an elongated egg, reminiscent of the alien spaceship from the movie “Arrival.”


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