New York

Nancy Holt

John Weber Gallery

The campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, is now the site of many contemporary sculpture projects; one of the latest is Nancy Holt’s Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings, which was documented in a recent show in New York. The work is a compass and an observatory; there are two concentric walls or rings of rock 20 and 40 feet in diameter, with four arches on the north/south axis (as defined by Polaris) and 12 holes oriented to the other points of the compass (NE/SW, E/W, etc.). It is both a very real site and a very abstract system; somehow this makes it seem to be at once the center (of a universe it charts) and just another center (in a Pascalian universe whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere). So it seems both absolute and arbitrary. This is mediated, however, by the path of the sun (the light in the holes) that is specific and unique to the

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