Richard Serra is one of those artists that is devoted to bringing art to the larger public. His artworks are usually large in size, and custom-made for the place where they are displayed. In his work, he explores the three-way relationship between the viewer, the artwork, and the location. It was Sheikha Al-Mayassa who suggested that Serra build a sculpture in the Qatari desert, and in 2014 that idea came to fruition under the name of East-West/West-East.
East-West/West-East encapsulates Serra’s artistic approach. It consists of four steel plates aligned along a one-kilometer stretch of the desert in the Brouq Nature Reserve. The plates are over 14 meters (46 feet) tall, but their exact heights differ in order to account for the changes in the terrain level and still reach alignment. The plates are aligned along the East-West axis and they are flanked by two equidistant escarpments that separate two gypsum plateaus.
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