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New York's Museum of Modern Art celebrates forty years of creations by sculptor Richard Serra, who designs and builds large pieces often made of steel. The NewsHour reports on the artists and his large body of work.
Now, an artist who builds big and thinks big. Jeffrey Brown has that story.
Some visitors are turning circles; others do the wave. Adults stare in wonder; children explore with pleasure. The monumental steel sculptures of Richard Serra are impossible to take in from any one vantage point. Instead, they seem to invite people to walk around, in, and through.
They're on display in an exhibition celebrating 40 years of Serra's work at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
RICHARD SERRA, Sculptor:
The piece is composed of two torqued spirals that are connected by an interior serpentine passage.
For Serra, the idea of this sculpture, called "Sequence," and all his art, is to create what he calls a "personal experience in a public space."
Here the content doesn't reside in the work. It resides in you. You're the subject matter. Your…
So stop here, because we're walking, but it's a little hard to convey the sense of the experience here. I mean, it is…
It may be disorienting.
It is disorienting, because we have this leaning down on us.
Leaning away from you.
This is leaning away, but then right over there it's leaning back at us.
Then, as you take five more steps, the whole thing is going to reverse itself and it's going to lean in a different direction completely. You become implicated in the space. And you're implicated in the passage. And your movement is kind of coordinated to how the piece leans away from you or towards you.
You think of part of the idea of the piece is my experience of walking through it?
Yes, here your experience spatially is the content and the subject matter.
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