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Michael Heizer
North, East, South, West
1981


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

Description:

Constructed with burnished sheet stainless steel, Michael Heizer's 8' h geometrical solids "North" (two rectangles), "East" (an inverted frustum), "South" (upright cone), and "West" (wedge), break up the rectangular forecourt of the building's street level entrance and redirect movement by compelling the viewer to respond to the ensemble. Each piece is visually anchored to the floor by travertine marble, highlighting the shape of their base. Alignment and location of the pieces are according to the size and scale of the space, as well as to the placement of the building's doors, stairs and escalators.
North, East, South, West detail
 
North, East, South, West
 

Artist Profile

Michael Madden Heizer was born in Berkeley, California in 1944.  Heizer was exposed to numerous influences during his youth, primarily his father's archaeological interests and his grandfather’s geological ones.  In the early 1960s, Heizer briefly attended the San Francisco Art Institute, soon moved to New York, which he found too constraining for his interest in creating earthworks, and quickly decided to move back west.  Working in the desert allowed Heizer to create works that reached an unprecedented size, culminating in what is perhaps his most famous work, Double Negative.  The artist has collaborated with many of the early earth artists including Robert Smithson.  Heizer continues to work, despite diagnosis of a neurological disorder which has reduced his ability to use his hands, and has produced small-scale sculptures and paintings for solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of American Art.