san-francisco

Peter Richards

80 Langton Street

Peter Richards constructed a 30-foot diameter, flat, wooden circle for Time x Candlelight, and installed 276 evenly spaced small candles on it. The circle filled the space and the audience sat outside of the circle in a ring of chairs. A wooden circle, four hanging buckets, and two suspended cones dramatically heightened audience anticipation. When the lights gradually went out and the piece began, Richards moved to the center of the circle, put a hanging cone in motion and lit a single candle. His efforts to coordinate the marking of time had begun.

Richards’ science background influenced the nature and arrangement of activities planned for this piece. For the occasion, 80 Langton Street bore a resemblance to The Exlporatorium, San Francisco’s innovative science museum where Richards works. The artist moved sequentially from cone to column to candle, setting each in a state of activity as

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the May 1980 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.