Friday 28 August 2020

Athens Slate Line - Richard Long

Athens Slate Line by Richard Long. 

The installation is positioned near the Shrine of Dionysos Eleuthereus on the South Slope of the Acropolis. It consists of individual pieces of slate assembled to form a line. Its linear shape acts as a path, reminiscent of the meditative nature of walking. The act of walking combines physical endurance with the principles of order, action and idea, proposing a new way of viewing the wider area of the site.

Long has been associated with Land Art, which emerged in Britain in the 1960s. Central to his practice is the action of walking. He has created sculpture and Land Art using lines all over the world, including the Sahara desert, Australia and Ireland.

A line has been at the core of Long's practice. It first appeared in his seminal work A Line Made by Walking (1967), when he was a student at Saint Martin's School of Art in London. He created this artwork by continually treading the same path in a grass field in Wiltshire.

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