Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years

Richard Serra
(American, born 1939)
Torqued Torus Inversion and Sequence

Richard Serra. Torqued Torus Inversion and Sequence. 2006

(American, born 1938) Torqued Torus Inversion, 2006. Weatherproof steel, two torqued toruses, each overall: 12′ 9″ × 36′ 1″ × 58′ 9″ (3.9 × 11 × 17.9 m), plate: 2″ (5.1 cm) thick. Collection the artist Sequence, 2006. Weatherproof steel, overall: 12′9″ × 40′ 8 3/8″ × 65′ 2 3/16″ (3.9 × 12.4 × 19.9 m). Collection the artist Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

NARRATOR: The center of this gallery is devoted to the two forms of Torqued Torus Inversion. It has no straight lines, and its walls curve inward, like the center of a doughnut.

RICHARD SERRA: These pieces are more centered. You can feel the compression of the space. The other two pieces are really about circulation and walking.

NARRATOR: At the far end of the room is Sequence, defined by its vertical walls.

RICHARD SERRA: Sequence, is two torqued ellipses connected by an S. And the S is the passage that reverses itself right in the center of the piece. And you might have the concern that you're walking back in the same direction that you came from. But you're not.

NARRATOR: Serra emphasizes that there is no “correct” way to approach his sculpture.

RICHARD SERRA: This isn't here to teach you anything. It's your experience and what thoughts it engenders, that's your private participation with this work.

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