Richard Long
Cerne Abbas Walk 1975

Artwork details

Richard Long born 1945
Cerne Abbas Walk
Date 1975
Medium Ink, typescript, photograph on map and photograph, gelatin silver prints on paper
Dimensions Two items:
support (photograph): 320 x 495 mm
support (map): 687 x 697mm
Acquisition Purchased 1976
Not on display

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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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