Should public art be practical provocative beautiful brash who is the audience for public art who gets to have a say in the process of commissioning new art the history of tilted arc looms over these debates. Richard serra – tilted arc, 1981, cor-ten steel, 37m long, 37m tall, 64cm thick, federal plaza in lower manhattan, new york richard serra is a leading sculptor who is known for creating minimalist artwork.
Tilted arc shares much formally with other sculptures serra completed around this time, including st john's rotary arc (1980), waxing arcs (1980), and twu (1980) ( right ) these works mark a shift to urban locations and themes, and a departure from the environmental artworks created in the 1970's, predominantly influenced by the earthworks of smithson, morris and nancy holt.
The art establishment -- artists, museum curators, and art critics -- testify that tilted arc is a great work of art those against the sculpture, for the most part people who work at federal plaza, say that the sculpture interferes with public use of the plaza. In 1981, artist richard serra installs his sculpture tilted arc, in federal plaza in new york city it has been commissioned by the arts-in-architecture program of the us general services administration, which earmarks 05 percent of a federal building's cost for artwork.
Serra's work can be found in many international public and private collections, including the museum of modern art and the solomon r guggenheim museum in new york, the los angeles county museum of art, and the san francisco museum of modern art. Richard serra – tilted arc, 1981, cor-ten steel, 37m long, 37m tall, 64cm thick, federal plaza in lower manhattan, new york richard serra is a leading sculptor who is known for creating minimalist artwork while he began his career after studying fine arts at yale university, he created the sculpture tilted arc in 1981 new york after celebrating his fortieth birthday. Tilted arc was a controversial public art installation by richard serra, displayed in foley federal plaza in manhattan from 1981 to 1989 the art work consisted of a 120-foot long, 12-foot high solid, unfinished plate of rust-covered cor-ten steel.
In 1985, richard serra took on new york city to keep his famous public art work intact. Tilted arc 1981 richard serra’s tilted arc was a massive public sculpture installed outside government buildings in federal plaza, new york, in 1981 it was, in effect, a wall of steel – 12 feet high and 120 feet long – that traced a subtle arc over its length and leaned slightly to one side.
Richard serra, tilted arc, 1981 photo via wikimedia commons photo via wikimedia commons approaching serra’s art according to its relationship to space leads to the most infamous work of his career, and indeed one of the most important debates about public sculpture in 20th-century art history. Approaching serra’s art according to its relationship to space leads to the most infamous work of his career, and indeed one of the most important debates about public sculpture in 20th-century art history it surrounds tilted arc (1981), a 12-foot-tall, 120-foot-long wall of curved steel placed across the plaza of the jacob k javits federal building in lower manhattan.