Richard Serra

Jardin Des Tuileries

On the occasion of the Richard Serra retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, the Ministry of Culture installed a large Serra sculpture in the Jardin des Tuileries. Originally intended for the museum’s Forum, this vast double-arced work is 120 feet long by 12 feet high; in its current, temporary location it conforms to the category of sculpture that Robert Irwin has described as “site-adjusted” rather than “site-specific.” Clara-Clara, 1982–83, is placed at the Place de la Concorde entrance to the site so as to repeat and articulate the axial coordinates of its confines. Positioned between two curving walkways, it is bordered laterally by the Jeu de Paume and the Orangerie, and frontally by the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries’ hexagonal pool. Its vehicular line connects up, on the north side, with the obelisk of the Place and on the south with the long allée of trees leading toward

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