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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.
|Publisher:||Steidl, Gerhard Druckerei und Verlag|
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
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.