Five interesting facts about Richard Serra's East-West

Five interesting facts about Richard Serra's East-West

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By shereendsouzaqsg

Richard Serra's permanent installation in Zekreet, East-West/West-East, has become a famous landmark in Qatar.

Located 60 km outside Doha in Brouq Nature Reserve, the installation comprises four towering steel sculptures in the middle of the dessert.

Here are five interesting facts about Serra's installation.

Perfect Alignment

The four steel plates are perfectly aligned. To ensure this, Serra examined the topography of the land and beautifully enhanced the massive open space in the heart of the desert. The result is spectacular and contemporary, yet timeless.

10 times a human's height

The installation at 49 feet or around 15 metres are massive and approximately ten times the height of an average human.

Two of the four plates rise 14.7 metres above the ground and the others 16.7 metres, which, adjusted for the topography, means that they are all level with each other, and with the gypsum plateaus either side.

Hot enough to cook

The temperature in summer is so hot, that the plates can absorb enough heat to bake cookies, or even cook scrambled eggs. They are far too hot to touch, although being vertical, they aren't the best choices to cook anything!

All the way from Germany

The steel plates were rolled in Germany and offloaded, transported and craned into the middle of the desert in Zekreet. That sounds like some mad logistics there!

Similar work before

Besides the 7 which was unveiled in 2011, he had a previous sculpture called Promenade, which comprised of five enormous slabs, each 56 feet high and 13 feet wide.

They are precisely placed and angled, leaning 20 inches in or away from their axis, creating shifting lines of sight. As the sun moves over the course of the day, casting different latticed shadows from the building, the plates appear at times to bend toward or away from the viewer.

Photo by Santiago Sanz Romero

By Rizks• 5 years 7 months ago.
Rizks

a small message to Mr. Richard Serra - when u visit next time to Qatar - think of installing a big water cooler or Water Well in such isolated place so that not only humans but the birds and animals can be benefitted too....thank you ! :)

By Rizks• 5 years 7 months ago.
Rizks

The way the have put that steel biscuits...same way if they can make an easy access like a road so that the visitors can reach the location and view that hot plate to fry some eggs on it .....:)

By britexpat• 5 years 7 months ago.
britexpat

Rizks: The whole point of putting it in the nature reserve is that people would visit and feel themselves at one with nature by getting out of the city.

Next weekend, let's put the sand tyres on your Tuk-Tuk , fill the flask with hot Karak and drive out there

By Rizks• 5 years 7 months ago.
Rizks

It is installed in such an isolated place, I don't think we can even find sparrows in tat location flying....:)

I bet 95.99% have not even seen tat pole.....:(

By Wild Turkey• 5 years 7 months ago.
Wild Turkey

When you have nothing to show even a big rock becomes a "landmark"!

By ani_chy• 5 years 7 months ago.
ani_chy

so towering steel structures in a desert are also counted as landmarks...interesting...

By acchabaccha• 5 years 7 months ago.
acchabaccha

Brit: Wow! The bench must have been 4 metres long! But your effort reflected your deep and sincere love for her O)-

By britexpat• 5 years 7 months ago.
britexpat

acchabaccha: I remember sitting on a park bench with my Cuban Shotputter and trying to carve her full name in the wood - Isidora Liliana Florentina Amelia Eloisa Valentina Esperanza Marisela Agustina Camila Rosalina Paloma Celestina Octavia Natalia Gonzales...

We were there for two days :O(

By acchabaccha• 5 years 7 months ago.
acchabaccha

They scratch their names on the steel plates to make them immortal. I carved my girl friend's name within a cupid's heart on the bark of a tree during school days, and it still exists!

By muad-db• 5 years 7 months ago.
muad-db

We are proud of this art - joys

By britexpat• 5 years 7 months ago.
britexpat

As they say, "Art is subjective"

By Wild Turkey• 5 years 7 months ago.
Wild Turkey

You forgot to say that it's very hard to get there. The question is: why are they hiding it in an almost inaccessible remote area? And the other question is: why do some people damage the piece of art by scratching their names into the steel plates? It seems that neither the authorities nor the visitors have any respect for it. Just my humble observation.

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