Focus on Serra

Richard Serra (b 1939, USA)
Fulcrum, 1987

Focus on Richard Serra

Each month we will be taking a closer look at one of our Broadgate artists; this month is the turn of Richard Serra, the artist who created Fulcrum.

At around 55 feet high, Fulcrum creates an incredible visual illusion, luring viewers into the belief that the five sheets of self-weathering COR-TEN steel are simply propped against each other. This feat of cutting, propping and stacking material is at the very heart of Serra's oeuvre, emphasising the process and the materials employed to fabricate his sculptures.

Interaction too plays a key role, with Serra maintaining that his works have no subject of her their own, rather that viewers become the subject once they enter the work and interact with it. Therefore, this enclosed sanctuary has three entrances, inviting us to step inside, move around, look up and perhaps indulge in a moment or two of sky gazing. Why not take a look next time you are passing on the way into the station?

Richard Serra enjoys an enormous global reputation and is celebrated for creating ground breaking pieces from large sheets of metal, affording fabricated steel the power and density traditionally belonging to bronze and stone. Born in San Francisco, he studied at the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara) between 1957 and 1961, followed by studies at Yale School of Art and Architecture in New Haven from 1961 to 1964. Numerous exhibitions and installations of his work have been held internationally and, recently, a retrospective exhibition of his sculpture was staged at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art during 2010, touring to San Francisco and Houston during 2012.

If you're looking for a spot of culture over the next few weeks, you can see recent drawings by Serra in a specially created display at London's Courtauld Gallery until 19 January 2014. If you’re lucky enough to be over in New York, the Gagoisan Gallery are exhibiting monumental new sculptures by Serra at their galleries at West 21st Street until 8 February and at West 24th Street until 15 March 2014.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on Fulcrum. Get in touch via our Facebook page or Twitter.