Richard Long’s work is based on his personal experience of landscape and natural forms. The contrast between the geometry of the circle and the irregular contours of the natural objects in this piece suggests the presence of man in the landscape. The slate, from the Delabole quarry in Cornwall, was roughly cut to retain as much of its natural character as possible. The circular arrangement is an imposed order, but the flatness of each piece is characteristic of slate, representing a natural order.
The title refers to the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank, where it was first exhibited.