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Lightning Field – Places to Go

21 Apr

So, in August my dad, little brother and I are driving across the country to move me to Los Angeles. Rather than driving for 3 days and just getting there, we’ve decided to turn it into a longer road trip. And the best part? It’s up to me to plan where we go!

We’ve been talking in my sculpture class a lot about various environmental sculptures. One of the coolest ones that I think we talked about is this:

Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field, 1977. Long-term installation in Western New Mexico. Photo: John Cliett. Copyright Dia Art Foundation.

It doesn’t look all that exciting in the picture, but wait until you hear what it is!

This is what the Dia Art Foundation writes:

The Lightning Field, 1977, by the American sculptor Walter De Maria, is a work of Land Art situated in a remote area of the high desert of western New Mexico. It is comprised of 400 polished stainless steel poles installed in a grid array measuring one mile by one kilometer. The poles — two inches in diameter and averaging 20 feet and 7½ inches in height — are spaced 220 feet apart and have solid pointed tips that define a horizontal plane. A sculpture to be walked in as well as viewed, The Lightning Field is intended to be experienced over an extended period of time. A full experience of The Lightning Field does not depend upon the occurrence of lightning, and visitors are encouraged to spend as much time as possible in the field, especially during sunset and sunrise. In order to provide this opportunity, Dia offers overnight visits during the months of May through October.”

This is what my professor says:

“You go into the desert and there are all these poles sticking out of the ground, and you stay the night in this cabin. They give you a little food and a bottle of wine, and you get kind of tipsy with the other people in the cabin, and you talk about art with the other people staying in the cabin. Then, everyone wakes up at sunrise and you watch the sun rise over it and it’s really cool, and you hope that lightning strikes because that’s when it really looks the coolest.”

See?

 

Happy Travels,

BDOC

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Posted by on 21 April 2011 in Travel

 

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One response to “Lightning Field – Places to Go

  1. Don't Make That Face

    21 April 2011 at 15:19

    That looks amazing. What is taking you to LA? You are at such an exciting time in your life. Life it up, have fun, and experience.

     

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