Richard Serra, One Ton Prop (House of Cards), 1966-69

In its original form, this piece by Serra was held together with friction and weight; these massive sheets of steel were quite literally placed together as delicately as a house of cards (hence the title). This piece is incredible dangerous - so dangerous, in fact, that it killed a museum worker while he was helping to disassemble the piece. As a result, museums who display this piece and others like it by Serra now include welding points that ensure the structure won’t collapse and the area around the sculpture is roped off to prevent museum visitors from getting too close. Even so, this work is always in danger of collapsing, adding an element of danger to the piece that can never be fully eliminated.

 

Posted on October 30 2012, with 288 Notes

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