Walter De Maria

The Broken Kilometer, 1979

Overview

Walter De Maria’s The Broken Kilometer has been on view to the public since it was created in 1979. Located at 393 West Broadway in New York, this work is composed of five hundred highly polished, round, solid brass rods. These rods are placed in five parallel rows of one hundred rods each. If all the elements were laid end to end, the total length of the sculpture would measure 1,000 meters. This work is a companion piece to De Maria’s 1977 The Vertical Earth Kilometer in Kassel, Germany.

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Artwork Details

Artist
Walter De Maria
Title
The Broken Kilometer
Year
1979
Medium
Brass
Dimensions
2 x 78 3/4 x 2 in. (5 x 200 x 5 cm) each of 500 units
Credit line
Dia Art Foundation
Reference number
1980.348.1-.500
Classification
sculpture
Location
393 West Broadway, New York

Artist

Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria was born in Albany, California, in 1935. He died in Los Angeles in 2013.

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