THE British sculptor Richard Long, who has just seen his work entitled Cinc Camins (Five Paths) installed in the Parc de Ses Estacions, visited the Es Baluard museum.

He was there to see at first hand the “Aljub” hall, in which he could possibly mount a future exhibition. This proposition was put to him by Jaume Matas at their meeting last week.

The artist, one of the most prominent representatives of “land art”, said he was amazed by the hall, once used as a reservoir to provide ships in the bay with water, and talked to the director of the museum, Marie-Clair Uberquoi, about the possibility of making Matas's invitation a reality.

Speaking about his work in Ses Estacions (the Stations Park), Long confirmed that “it is comparable with the rock garden by Ryonji in Kyoto, one of the most famous Japanese gardens in the world”, and said that, like that one, his work “does not seek to give a message, it is art for people to think about”.

Long explained that this work was created in 2004 to be exhibited indoors in the Sequeira gallery in Portugal. With regard to this, he recognised that this has not been a very common practice in his career as, he said, “my work is like my life, I walk through countries surrounded by nature”.

He was formed in the field of what would later be known as post-minimalism or conceptual art.
Long is noted for the degree of intervention on the landscape.


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