Wright's Triangle

Richard Serra
Corten steel. 9' h. x 42 3/4' w.
Photo Credit: 
Rod de Pozo


Each of the triangular openings of Serra's sculpture echoes one of the three paths which meet at his site adjacent to the Western Gallery's plaza. Concerned with the freedom to make spaces which are different in kind than that of architecture, Serra allows the viewer to walk around and through his work so to come to terms concerning ideas of confrontation, enclosure, and the union of physical action and intellectual thinking.

Maki would agree with Serra's statement that ''drawing can be an activity that filters reality into another form that allows one to rethink one's experiences." 20 In taking a drawing from a two-dimensional to a three-dimensional space, Maki tends to continue to emphasize the eye while Serra has also built into his response a gravitational theme. Using the same geometric shapes as Judd and Maki, Serra had led the way in pointing out that these forms' meanings had nothing to do with an ideal philosophy. In taking on the cube, he slanted its walls so that any sense of ideal conditions turned to a world of contingency.  After all, Wright's Triangle (1979-80) is a free-standing prop piece.

Funding provided by

Art Allowance from Arntzen Hall and Environmental Studies Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Wright Fund.

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