Long way round - the art of Richard Long
For 4 decades Richard has explored some of the world's remotest landscapes, from the Bolivian altiplano to the Himalayas, places notable for their bare rocks, grasslands, mud, mountains.
Typically on his journeys, Richard will make a minor intervention in the landscape such as an arrangement of stones, then record them in a photograph, text or map.
His intention, he says, was not only to make a new way of art, but a new way of walking.
Each walk followed my own unique, formal route, for an original reason, which was different from other forms of walking, like travelling.
One of Richard's key pieces is A Line Made by Walking. This was made by walking up and down in a field until the flattened grass became visible as a line, a theme later picked up in Scotland and Nepal.
Richard's work chimes well with renewed public interest in the environment, and our relationships with nature.
© Richard Long