Last weekend, VoCA went out to King City, just north of Toronto, to look for Shift, Richard Serra’s 1970-72 concrete sculpture that lies almost buried in a field.
After mapping it on Google Earth, and figuring out more or less what the closest road was, we parked our car, hopped the fence and headed confidently toward a non-descript ‘mound’ in the distance.
After negotiating what felt like miles of soy fields (we skirted the edges, not wanting to disrupt the crop) and narrowly avoiding a cleverly disguised marsh, we found it.
Richard Serra, Tilted Spheres at Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, Toronto.
3 arcs of concrete, set up opposite another three. It was a beautiful day, and the concrete had been left so that it was almost covered in tall grasses. Nonetheless, there was something magical about knowing that we were all alone with a great earthwork.
Of Shift, Serra has written: “The intent of the work is an awareness of physicality in time, space, and motion…The work establishes a measure: one’s relation to it and to the land.”
Last year, Serra told the Star’s Peter Goddard – HERE – that his subsequent work has direct links back to Shift, which was commissioned by collector Roger Davidson.