By Richard Serra
Category: Miscellaneous


Serra’s first impression when he visited the site was how the flat landscape created an overwhelming sense of sky. He chose to emphasize the land and highlight its subtle changes by making the tops of the plates level, mimicking the slope of the land. Serra designed the piece with the narrow eastern end pointing to the Mississippi River like the prow of a boat; the other end widens out in recognition of Western Expansion. Between the plates are gaps that are two feet wide, through which people can pass. Viewing the piece from the inside provides glimpses of the surrounding architecture and street activity.

Dimensions: 12′ x 83′ x 120′
Year Completed: 1981
Material: Cor-ten steel
Owner: City of St. Louis
Donor: Private donors

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