Artist Willie Cole calls the Met Gala’s plastic water bottle chandeliers “a blatant rip off” of his work

Artist Willie Cole has called out the striking similarity between his water bottle chandeliers and those designed for this year’s Met Gala by architect Tadao Ando.

Cole shared via his Instagram account that he received numerous messages about the similarities between the light fixtures hanging over the red carpet at Monday night’s event and his own works. This includes Spirit Catcher and Lumen-less Lantern, which are currently on display at Express Newark, where he is currently an artist-in-residence. In his post Cole called the act “a blatant rip off” and posed the question: “Is this flattery or thievery?”

Curator Ellen Hawley, who has previously

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