Richard Serra Shovel Plate Prop 1969

Artwork details

Artist
Richard Serra born 1939
Title
Shovel Plate Prop
Date 1969
Medium Lead
Dimensions Displayed: 2500 x 2035 x 800 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Reference
T01728
Not on display

Display caption

Serra began to use lead in 1968 to enact sculptural processes such as rolling, tearing, and casting. However, he grew concerned that the finished works were mere records of the forces that formed them. He began to explore ways of making sculptures where forces continued to be at work at every moment of their existence. The two elements of Shovel Plate Prop push against one another in tension, the roll and sheet keeping one another in place. Propping is continuously active whenever the sculpture is installed.

April 2009