Michael Heizer

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Michael Heizer Heizer 

45°, 90°, 180°, 1984 

Granite monoliths and concrete

Engineering Quadrangle

In honor of George R. Brown ‘20

These three massive granite slabs are displayed in Rice’s Engineering Quadrangle and refer to the three basic degree measurements used in engineering. Each monolith rests at a corresponding angle, visually and materially alluding to the central building blocks of engineering knowledge and practice.

About the Artist: California native Michael Heizer has been a major figure in the American land art movement for decades. His monumental work brings art out of the gallery space and utilizes the earth itself as a canvas. Past projects such as Double Negative and City blur the line between natural objects and sculpture, and they invite the viewer to relate the earth to their conception of art. Heizer has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Ace Gallery (Los Angeles and New York) among many others. In addition to this example of his work at Rice, two other works by Heizer can be seen in Houston near the main entrance to the Menil Collection: Charmstone, 1991, and Isolated Mass/Circumflex (#2), 1968-72.