Richard Long: Heaven and Earth

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From Tate website:
This major exhibition is Richard Long's first survey in London for eighteen years and is a unique opportunity to understand afresh the artist's radical rethinking of the relationship between art and landscape.

Long's work comes from his love of nature and through the experience of making solitary walks. These take him through rural and remote areas in Britain, or as far afield as the plains of Canada, Mongolia and Bolivia. Long never makes significant alterations to the landscapes he passes through. Instead he marks the ground or adjusts the natural features of a place by up-ending stones for example, or making simple traces. He usually works in the landscape but sometimes uses natural materials in the gallery. His work explores relationships between time, distance, geography, measurement and movement.

Featuring over 80 works, Heaven and Earth includes sculptures, large-scale mud wall works, and new photographic and text works documenting walks around the world, plus a big selection of the artists' books, postcards and other printed matter.


  • making something from nothing - highly poetic
  • indoor/outdoor works = complementary - artwork is often received indoors
  • photos/performance/sculpture/text

Example of text placed on the wall:

The idea of transference came from a phenomenon of subatomic physics whereby a particle can act on the behaviour of another particle so as to create a symmetry of itself, over a relatively vast distance. So I made a walk [on] Dartmoor recording various things and then later, on a completely difference walk in Japan, I deliberately looked out for an could find certain things that were the same as in Dartmoor, or did repeat, or I could make them repeat, even in the same order. It is about symmetry of people, places, events on different sides of the world and different phenomenon.

Themes: accessibility, solitude, isolation, permanence, visibility, recognition, well being, independence, opportunism, eating, dreaming, happenstance, passing through the land, lifestyle of work Materials: stones - can be moved around - building blocks, wind, compas


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