Richard LongSouth Bank Circle 1991

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Artist
Richard Long (born 1945)
Title
South Bank Circle
Date 1991
MediumDelabole slate
Dimensionsdisplayed: 100 x 1997 x 1997 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07159
Not on display

Summary

South Bank Circle was created specifically for Long’s 1991 retrospective at the Hayward Gallery at the South Bank Centre in London. It is a circle, nearly two metres in diameter, composed of 168 pieces of slate lying close together on the floor. The slate comes from the Delabole quarry in Cornwall. The pieces may be assembled in a wide variety of configurations within the defining form of the circle. Long has specified that every ‘stone’ should touch the stones adjoining it, so that they all become ‘”locked” together, and stable. The longest stones (and also the thinnest and smallest ones) should be placed within the work and not around the edge… (read more)

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