Plate Prop Roll

(American, 1938–2024)
Roll: 147.3 x 9 cm (58 x 3 9/16 in.); Flat plate: 116.8 x 121.9 x 1.9 cm (46 x 48 x 3/4 in.)
Weight: between 700-800 lbs
© Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Location: not on view
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By rolling, bending, and flattening, Serra is interested in exploring the physical properties of mass, weight, and volume, and converts industrial materials into sculpture.


A lead plate, bent at a 45-degree angle, leans against the wall and supports the weight of a tightly rolled tube. Serra preferred lead for its suggestion of heavy industry, its softness, and its lack of sheen. The downward pull of gravity and the simple logic of the engineering keep the metal in place and emphasize the weight and density of Serra’s chosen material. Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Agnes Gund 1991.214
Plate Prop Roll

Plate Prop Roll


Richard Serra

(American, 1938–2024)
America, 20th century

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