Random Richard in Berlin

June 12, 2010 A*RT!? Happens


Richard Serra Berlin Germany

I was very proud of myself because I spotted this Richard Serra sculpture without the help of a plaque, tour guide or book.

Running into it was a surprise, a terrific surprise for me because Serra is one of my favorite modern sculptors. I saw a retrospective of his in 2007 at the MoMA in NYC and was awed by the labyrinth-like quality of his sculptures and the way you feel like you are entering a time warp when you walk through his work. It's sometimes dizzying but always interesting.

Like I said, there is nothing marking this sculpture as a Serra but after discovering it, walking through it then going home and google-ing it, it was confirmed…Serra it is. I mean I guess it's not too hard to tell since the curves of his sculptures are very distinct.

Here on the southern end of Tiergarten Park in Berlin, Germany, right in front of the Berlin Philharmonic (that yellow, musical looking building in the background) is what I found…


Richard Serra Berlin Germany

Richard Serra Berlin Germany

Richard Serra Berlin Germany

Richard Serra Berlin Germany

Richard Serra Berlin Germany

Richard Serra Berlin Germany

If you're not familiar with Serra's work-

Serra is a living American minimalist sculptor and video artist. Most of his famous work is done on a grand scale and made out of Cor-Ten steel (weathering steel), which is steel that contains a chemical that helps avoid corrosion of typical steel and instead builds a protective layer with a rust-like appearance.

For a speed-up and interesting birds view of the installation of Richard Serra's sculptures at the MoMA NYC's 2007 retrospective, watch this 1 min video.


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  1. Robin Day 08.16.2011

    This sculpture excites me. I still have time to chage career!