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Bruce Nauman
Trench, Shafts, Pit, Tunnel, and Chambers

Project Area: Bunker Hill
Project: Wells Fargo Building
Project Location: Citigroup Center, 444 S. Flower Street
Project Type: Developer


Located on the upper plaza level of the office complex, Bruce Nauman's sculpture consists of two 6'h x 20'w x 10'd identical Corten steel shapes with concrete bases that mirror each other: the "trench" is the circular ring at the top of one shape; the "tunnel" is the circular ring on the bottom of "trench"; the "pit" is the triangular form opened to the sky; and the "chamber" is the triangular form pointing to the sky. Diagonal "shafts" connect the trench to the chamber, the tunnel to the "pit."  "Trench, Shafts, Pit, Tunnel, and Chamber" is a scaled down version of a proposed earthwork previously designed by Nauman.
Nauman's "Trench, Shafts, Pit, Tunnel, and Chambers"

Artist Profile

Bruce Nauman, a member of the Process Art Movement, is a contemporary artist who practices in a wide range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, and performance.  Nauman’s artworks often reflect the inherent problems of language through the nature of communication as well as the role the artist plays as communicator and manipulator of the visual language.  There are currently two international traveling exhibitions of the artist’s work, “Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with Light” and “A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s,” scheduled to stop at the Milwaukee Art Museum; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal, Quebec; Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia; and the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contempranea, Torino, Italy.  Nauman studied mathematics and physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and went on to receive his MFA from the University of California, Davis.  The artist lives and works in Galisteo, New Mexico.