Walter De Maria: The 2000 Sculpture

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Walter De Maria’s The 2000 Sculpture, a large-scale horizontal sculpture comprised of 2000 white polygonal shaped rods arranged in a herringbone patterned grid on the floor according to a meticulous logic. A pioneering figure in the development of minimal, conceptual, land art, and installation art, De Maria has made minimalist horizontal sculptures that occupy entire rooms since 1969. Measuring 10 x 50 meters (approximately 33 x 164 feet), The 2000 Sculpture was first exhibited at the Kunsthaus Zurich in 1992. It is one of a series of works by De Maria featuring groupings of ordered elements using precise measurements, among them: The Lightning Field (1977), The Broken Kilometer (1979), and 360° I Ching (1981). In the year 2000, The 2000 Sculpture was shown again at the Kunsthaus Zurich and also in Berlin at the Hamburger Bahnhof. In 2010 LACMA installed the sculpture in the Resnick Pavilion, prior to the building’s official opening, in order to take advantage of the play of light and vast open space of Renzo Piano’s gallery building before the interior walls were installed. Seen by a small group of selected visitors, the initial installation of The 2000 Sculpture in the Resnick Pavilion represented an ideal relationship between sculpture and architecture. The current presentation is the first official public exhibition of The 2000 Sculpture at LACMA and only the second solo museum exhibition of De Maria’s work in the United States.