Research, examine, discuss, and compare two of the following sculptures/installations:
Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970. Great Salt Lake, UT
Serpent Mound, c. 1070. Adams County, Ohio
Agnes Denes, Wheatfields for Manhattan, 1982
Andy Goldsworthy, Storm King Wall, 1997-98.
These are all site-specific sculptures and/or installations, meaning they were designed specifically for the physical place we find them. Often they are referred to as earthworks or land art. Examine and discuss two of these works. Your response should discuss:
– The artist’s background and interests (if known)
– The time period and culture of the sculpture
– How site-specific sculpture differs from traditional sculpture found in museums and galleries
– What gives meaning to the sculpture, or why is it important?
Compare the two sculptures. What are their points of similarity in terms of purpose, construction, meaning? What are the differences?