Michael Heizer

Rice University Art Gallery

A large version of Michael Heizer’s 45° 90° 180° was installed in front of the engineering building on the Rice University campus on December 8 and 9 of 1984. The piece’s three stone slabs are of Texas pink granite, cut about 180 miles from the site of installation; each weighs nearly 70 tons and measures 12 feet 8 inches by 20 by 18 by 28 feet, with a 33-inch thickness. The concrete bases measure 12 by 18 by 3 feet 6 inches, making them nearly equal in volume to the granite stones; each of the six elements displaces about 750 cubic feet.

The Rice piece relates closely to two earlier Heizer works: Adjacent, Against, Upon, 1976, in Seattle, Washington; and Elevated, Surface, Depressed, 1982, in Grove Isle, Florida. In each of these works three large, roughly hewn pieces of stone are set in different positions on or near concrete bases. In the two earlier works the effect is quasi-cinematic:

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