I really have no words to express my fascination by Richard Serra's latest work — East-West/West-East — a permanent sculptural installation in Qatar's desert, approximately 60 kilometers from Doha at the Brouq Nature Reserve.
The installation is a set of four 50ft steel towers that connect the two seas and the two parts of this ancient landscape. Serra explains:
The placement is not geometrical, it’s topological; they can only be placed where they are to achieve the curvature of the land. If one walks through the pieces; he will understand not only the rhythm of himself in relationship to the landscape but also the rhythm of himself in relationship to the height and the length of the pieces.
Serra has developed this stunning installation, even though it is situated in the middle of the desert, and is quite possibly the largest scene where he has expressed his art work.
Photography by Sally Crane.