OUR COLUMNIST AVILA REFLECTS ON RICHARD SERRA’S MEGA-MONUMENTAL INSTALLATION IN THE QATARI DESERT:

‘ Google map location of timeless monument: N25º31.019’E050º51.948’

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I’m not sure why Richard Serra tried to unite the Mediterranean sea with the streets of San Francisco in his “East-West/West-East” sculpture, but I found his take not to be very original from an artistic point of view… I mean, just the controversial location (a natural reserve) together with the fact that almost anything placed in a desolated space can be attractive to our senses, particularly if it is big and plain, is enough to make me wonder why on Earth Serra wants us to believe that the piece has an “implied timelessness” and at the same time “deals with the nature of duration and time in relation to walking and looking”… I think it’s not the sculpture what makes him believe that… but the fact is that the desert welcomes it…’