Thursday, April 2

Walter de Maria and Christo

You all know but it's just a reminder: Right: Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Umbrellas Japan-U.S.A. (1984-91). "Installed simultaneously in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, and in southern California, two cultures separated and joined by the Pacific Ocean, The Umbrellas was designed in vivid blue for the verdant environment of Japan and in bright yellow for arid southern California. However, structural components were the same: each umbrella stood more than 19 feet high, opened to a 28-foot diameter, and weighed 448 pounds. In December 1990 the first steel bases for the umbrellas were installed 1,340 blue umbrellas in Ibaraki and 1,760 yellow umbrellas at the Tejon Ranch in southern California had been set up." Left: The Lightning Field, 1977, by Walter De Maria, "Commissioned and maintained by Dia Art Foundation, The Lightning Field is recognized internationally as one of the late-twentieth century's most significant works of art and exemplifies Dia's commitment to the support of art projects whose nature and scale exceed the limits normally available within the traditional museum or gallery. It is a work of situated in a remote area of the high desert of western New Mexico the sculpture consists of 400 stainless steel poles situated in a rectangular grid array one mile by one kilometer. A sculpture to be walked in as well as viewed, The Lightning Field is intended to be experienced over an extended period of time." It's hard to find a pictures of The Lightning Field because de Maria don't want to interfere the experience with previous images.

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