A Turner prize-winning British artist made his mark on the landscape of Palma yesterday when one of his works was unveiled at the Parc de Ses Estacions behind Plaza España.
The sculpture by Richard Long, entitled Cinc camins (Five Paths) is inspired by the artist's study of Zen philosophy in the Sixties. The piece, which cost some 150'000 euros to complete, emulates the outline of a Japanese garden where limits inspire contemplation. Time and people pass away, but not places, asserted Long who was born in Bristol in 1945 and has become one of Britain's best known living sculptors, photographers and painters.
This challenging sculpture was originally conceived in 2004 and was first exhibited outside the UK at the Sequeira gallery in Portugal. Long has modified his work for its current installation in Palma.
Balearic leader Jaume Matas met the artist yesterday and invited him to use exhibition space for his work in the Es Baluard museum of modern and contemporary art, abutting the Paseo Marítimo. Long is no stranger to Spain having already had his work on display at galleries in Madrid, Barcelona, Huesca and at the prestigious Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
Long's geometric forms which characterise his compositions are an echo of minimalist sculpture which he claims finds its well-spring in identification with the landscape.
Long was born in Bristol and studied art there at the West of England College of Art from 1962 to 1965. He graduated from St. Martin's School of Art in London in 1968. Several of his works are based around walks that he has made and often consist of photographs or maps of landscape with which he is familiar.