W alter de Maria's lightning field

W alter de Maria's lightning field
W alter de Maria's lightning field

Today we want to talk about one of those works of contemporary art that sometimes leave the public completely baffled, especially those who are not versed in current artistic issues. And for that reason, to be appreciated or criticized, they well deserve a clarification to know the intentions of their creator. In this case we refer to the curious intervention of W alter de Maria in a large area of ​​the town of Quemado in New Mexico , United States. A job he did between 1971 and 1977.


W alter de Maria's lightning field

Already on other occasions we have talked about interventions that we can frame within the current of land art, ephemeral or permanent artistic acts whose purpose is to integrate into the landscape, and interact with it. In addition to establishing a peculiar relationship between nature, art and the viewer.

Examples are many like the famous Storm King Wall by Andy Goldsworthy or some of the works of matrimonio Christo like the one by the Surrounded Islands in Florida. Some artistic acts that are often not exempt from controversy, and above all from disbelief.

We can think of something similar about this intervention by W alter de Maria. His work was the installation in a large area of ​​more than 1,600 meters wide by a kilometer long of up to 400 stainless steel poles of heightsvariables, but with an average of more than 6 meters.

All this in a remote and desert area of ​​the state of New Mexico. Remote and isolated, in fact, you have to make an appointment at the Fundación Dia, sponsor of the work, to see the installation. That is not by chance, it is sought after, since they want to provoke that kind of pilgrimage. Somehow only people who are interested in the matter go.

There awaits them an arid landscape surrounded by mountains in which the poles form a kind of grid made up of 16 rows of 25 poles each. Distant from each other at 60 centimeters. But the height of each one varies, given the natural irregularity of the terrain, since the objective is that they are all at approximately the same height.

These poles during the day are hardly visible due to the strong sunlight that bathes everything in this arid zone. But when that light intensity drops, the poles become reflectors. While if one of the usual electrical storms of this North American desert arrives, then they attract those rays, and that is when spectacular visual effects are generated. That is the work, which is never the same. And of course it is the most fleeting.

Now we have explained the purpose of the artist, so everyone can judge his creativity and the value of him

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