Richard LongSmall White Pebble Circles 1987

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Artist
Richard Long (born 1945)
Title
Small White Pebble Circles
Date 1987
MediumMarble
Dimensionsdisplayed: 40 x 2000 x 2000 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07160
Not on display

Summary

This is a sculpture comprising five concentric rings of white marble pebbles laid on the floor. The rings are ten centimetres wide and ten centimetres apart, radiating out from a central space twenty centimetres in diameter. The outer circle is two metres in diameter. To make this work, the pebbles, of roughly even size (between fifteen and twenty-five centimetres wide), are poured in one or two layers in between circles drawn on the floor. The surfaces are then smoothed with the fingertips. Long has specified that there should be an even density of stones in each circle, writing, in his installation instructions, ‘the whole work should look balanced and circular’ (Small White Pebble Circles certificate, gallery records, Tate Archives, London)… (read more)

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