Floor Pole Prop


Antimony lead

250 x 250 x 95 cm (98 7/16 x 98 7/16 x 37 3/8 in.)

A large antimonial lead plate—antimony rigidifies lead—is supported by a cylinder made of the same material. Without it, and without the wall, the piece would collapse. Its delicate balance contrasts with its scale and the material's massiveness. The possibility of a fall inherent in the artwork invites viewers to become aware of their environment and their own vulnerability.

Richard Serra's sculptures express a novel vision of space. In the late 1960s, following up on his work with lead, he starts the Prop Pieces series, which are based on the notions of balance and gravity. Floor Pole Prop is exemplary of this research.

Floor Pole Prop was shown for the first time as part of the Pinault Collection in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.