Under The Hammer 15/17: Sidestep

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Under The Hammer 15/17: Sidestep

24 July 2017

Simon Williams has decided for this week's UNDER THE HAMMER to put the sculptor Richard Long in the spotlight. Long is one of the most well-known British land artists. Land art (Earth art, environmental art or Earthworks) is an artistic movement that emerged in the 60’s-70’s predominantly in Britain and North America. It is made in a natural environment or stages natural elements and material.

Simon Williams has decided for this week's UNDER THE HAMMER to put the sculptor Richard Long in the spotlight. Long is one of the most well-known British land artists. Land art (Earth art, environmental art or Earthworks) is an artistic movement that emerged in the 60’s-70’s predominantly in Britain and North America. It is made in a natural environment or stages natural elements and material.

Most of Richard Long work is based on walks he made, this is also the focus of Williams' for this week’s [Un]original SIDESTEP.

One of the most famous works of Richard Long “A Line Made by Walking”, made in 1967, is a photograph of the path left by the impact of his feet on grass, in Bristol his native city. This fixed line of movement established a precedent that art could be a journey.

Williams decided to transfigure this famous piece and adapted it to his own environment. A line representing a walk made though Camden High Street's crowds has been drawn on a map and combined with photographs of street views.