Richard Long Cerne Abbas Walk 1975

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Artwork details

Artist
Richard Long born 1945
Title
Cerne Abbas Walk
Date 1975
Medium Ink, typescript, photograph on map and photograph, black and white
Dimensions Two items:
support (photograph): 320 x 495 mm
support (map): 687 x 697mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1976
Reference
T02066
On loan to Longside Gallery (Wakefield, UK)

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This work resulted from a six-day walk in Dorset. The magnified circular portion shows the artist walked within a circle, rather than along a single line.

Attached to the map is a photo of the famous giant cut into the chalky hillside near the Dorset village of Cerne Abbas. The circle was the traditional symbol of fertility rites associated with the giant, which may explain why Long used a circle to structure his walk.

March 2004

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