Richard Serra Just Dropped Some Big Ol’ Steel Plates in the Qatari Desert

April 16, 2014 | Eugene Reznik

Coinciding with his first solo show in the Middle East, Richard Serra just unveiled East-West/West-East in Qatar’s Brouq Nature Reserve. It was “definitely one of the most fulfilling pieces” he has done to date, he told ArtInfo. Designboom describes the work:

A monumental sculptural installation … approximately 60 kilometers from the capital at doha. Four steel plates punctuate the desert landscape, forming a close relationship to the topography of the site by crossing the peninsula of the protected park and connecting the waters of the gulf. The dark, towering beams rise to 14.7 meters and 16.7 meters above the ground, level to both each other and the gypsum plateaus on either side. Despite the vast distance that the plates span — over a kilometer from one end to the other — all four metal pillars can be viewed and explored from any point within the landscape.

Solo shows at AlRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space and QMA Gallery at Katara, presenting sculptures and drawings from his 50-year career, are on view through July 6, 2014. A little harder for New Yorkers to get to than that one time a Chelsea gallery parked his work on the back of a flatbed truck in, but maybe worth a trip.

(Image: Qatar Museum Authority)