Richard Long
A Hundred Mile Walk 1971–2

Artwork details

Richard Long born 1945
A Hundred Mile Walk
Date 1971–2
Medium Graphite on map, typescript, photograph, gelatin silver print on paper and printed labels on board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 216 x 483 mm
frame: 635 x 915 x 14 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1973

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This work records a walk Richard Long made on Dartmoor during New Year 1971–2, repeatedly following a circular route. In the work he records his experience of sounds heard on the walk, how he became aware of the presence of rivers as he approached them, pockets of sound in gullies, and how the sound disappeared behind him as he walked on.

The work concerns both the internal feelings and thoughts of the artist, and the external aspects of his experience during the walk. ‘Corrina, Corrina’ (Day 6) is a reference to a traditional folk song, sung by Bob Dylan.

February 2010