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Ocean Circle

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Ocean Circle

Artist: Richard Long (British, born 1945)
Date: 1996
Medium: Connecticut blue slate
Dimensions:
Large (diameter): 12 ft. (3.7 m.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Ellen Pray Maytag Madsen Sculpture Acquisition Fund, 1999.1
Accession number: 1999.1
Classification: sculpture
Copyright:Artist is protected by ARS
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Label TextBorn in Bristol, England, in 1945, Long studied at West of England College of Art, Bristol, and at St. Martin's School of Art. Source: News, May June 1999.
Richard Long creates art that helps us relate to the patterns in nature. Here, the single, smooth, flat rock is a miniature of the larger circle of rocks itself. It suggests the beauty and symmetry of what is visible above the water, as well as below it. Since bodies of water often appear to the human eye as part of a circle, Long may be reminding us that the oceans encompass the Earth, which is itself a sphere. His quiet, unobtrusive work asks the viewer to look at the natural world carefully. He wants us to consider the impact of our presence, reminding us that man exists on the shoreline of a great circle of water.
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