Baja California Circle

Last Updated: December 9, 2012 by
Categories: Mexico

Derecha en Baja CaliforniaInternationally acclaimed artist Richard Long created Baja California Circle after crossing the border during his two-week residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

The granite stones from Mexico that he arranged in a large circle on a gallery floor are emblematic of “his real medium, which is walking,” explained Jill Dawsey, the museum’s associate curator.

Because the work is temporary and improvisational and involves the body moving through space, “it’s a very different idea of a ‘masterpiece.’ ”

Born in England, Long travels the world on a Zen-like path, quietly gathering objects or leaving harmless evidence of his nature walks. His work is “about moving through a landscape,” and creating “an index, or trace, of the walk,” Dawsey said.

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