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© Richard Long. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021

A Line Made By Walking, 1967

Richard Long (b. 1945)

Crossing the threshold

  • Medium:
    Black and white photograph (silver gelatin print) mounted on board and titled in red crayon and graphite
  • Dimensions:
    85.5 × 32 cm
  • Collection:
    The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)
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This photograph was taken by Long during a trip from Bristol to St Martin’s and records his movement across a field in Wiltshire, as he walked back and forth along a linear trajectory. It permanently captures the ephemeral trace of the artist's tracks. Long’s intervention was created in the context of the Land Art movement, which emerged in the 1960s, aiming to highlight the natural world as both artistic medium and subject. This work invites questions around the traces that we leave behind on our environments.

To read an essay on urbanism and the future of cities in relation to microcosm and macrocosm, by co-curator Margherita Dosi Delfini, visit pages 44-48 of the Catalogue.