Richard Long

A Line in Japan

About this artwork

Richard Long’s photographs record interventions made in the natural landscape during his travels across the world. Unlike some land artists, Long does not make drastic and permanent changes to the landscape. Instead, he rearranges materials from the surroundings to show the joint creative power of man and nature; arranging stones into a line in this work, for example. Photographed straight-on, Long has created a powerful image that uses perspective to build a relationship between the line of stones and the surrounding landscape. In employing the universal forms of lines, circles and spirals, his art speaks of man’s relationship to the natural world. And in documenting his interventions, such as this, Long wants to “feed the imagination” of the viewer.

  • title:
    A Line in Japan
  • accession number:
    AL00204
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  • materials:
    Framed photograph and handwritten text
  • date created:
    1979
  • measurements:
    86.20 x 121.80 cm
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010
  • copyright:
    © Richard Long. All Rights Reserved, DACS, London 2019.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Richard Long

Richard Long