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Te Tuhirangi Contour
     

Te Tuhirangi Contour

by Richard Serra (Artist), Dirk Reinartz (Photographer)
 

Located on the Kaipara harbor in New Zealand, 30 miles north of Auckland, Te Tuhirangi Contour is one of Richard Serra's latest site-specific works. The site is a vast open grass pasture with rolling elevations and curvilinear contours. The sculpture, made of hundreds of tons of steel, is located on one continuous contour, at a length of 843 feet. The

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Located on the Kaipara harbor in New Zealand, 30 miles north of Auckland, Te Tuhirangi Contour is one of Richard Serra's latest site-specific works. The site is a vast open grass pasture with rolling elevations and curvilinear contours. The sculpture, made of hundreds of tons of steel, is located on one continuous contour, at a length of 843 feet. The particular contour was chosen for its location, differentiation, contraction and expansion in relation to the total volume of the landscape, and the elevation of the sculpture is perpendicular to the fall of the land, which generates its lean of 11 degrees. The work was first mocked-up full scale in wood to determine height and length. Serra's monumental sculpture is documented here in Dirk Reinartz's elegant black-and-white photography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783865210142
Publisher:
Steidl, Gerhard Druckerei und Verlag
Publication date:
10/30/2008
Pages:
76
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1939 and received his BFA and MFA at Yale University. He has exhibited extensively in major museums and exhibitions throughout the world, and has created site-specific sculptures for both public and private venues in North America and Europe. His most recent projects include an exhibition at the Museo Archeologico and Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples (2004), and an eight-part permanent installation "The Matter of Time" at the Guggenheim Bilbao, which was inaugurated in 2005. A survey exhibition of his work will be exhibited in Summer of 2007 at The Museum of Modern Art.

Dirk Reinartz (1947-2004) studied photography with Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School in Essen before launching his career in 1971 as the youngest photographic reporter at Stern magazine. In 1977 he joined the photographers' collective VISUM. After his departure from VISUM in 1982 he worked independently, specializing in recent and controversial historical themes, such as German concentration camps. He also made several now iconic portraits of artists, and his work with Richard Serra, whose worldwide sculptural projects he documented, resulted in several important books on Serra's work. Until his death in 2004, Reinartz taught photography at the Muthesius University in Kiel. To date Steidl has published eight of Reinartz's projects.

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