Richard Long

Cornish Slate Ellipse (2009)

About this artwork

Richard Long creates temporary interventions in the landscape as part of his practice based on walking in the countryside. Although much of his work is made in the natural environment outdoors and known through photography, text works and maps, Long also creates more permanent sculptures by bringing stones or sticks into the gallery and arranging them on the floor in simple geometric shapes. ‘Cornish Slate Ellipse’ is one of these indoor works, in which differently shaped rocks sourced from a Cornish slate quarry are arranged on the floor within the contours of an ellipse.

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  • title: Cornish Slate Ellipse
  • accession number: AR00703
  • artist: Richard LongEnglish (born 1945)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Sculpture
  • date created: 2009
  • measurements: 1524.00 x 152.00 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © Richard Long
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve
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Richard Long

Richard Long

Long was born in Bristol, where he still lives. His work is about walking and the direct experience of nature. He trained from 1966-68 at St Martin's School of Art in London, where several of his contemporaries were busy questioning traditional forms of art. From the mid-1960s, while still a student, he began making walks and photographed the trace he had made (the flattened grass, stones laid at regular intervals) or would simply mark the course of the walk on a map. Later, he began laying rocks or twigs in straight lines or circles. By the late 1970s he was reconstructing these works in interior settings, though the walk remained the basis for collecting the natural material. Long won the Turner prize in 1989.