Renowned artist Richard Serra, known for his large steel sculptures, passed away at the age of 85, leaving behind a legacy of challenging audience perspectives. In a 1998 interview, Serra explained that his work was meant to be interpreted by the viewers themselves and focused on their relationship to the space. His work can be found all around the world, but there are several notable pieces in Southern California.

One of Serra’s sculptures, “Band,” stands at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, towering at 12 feet tall and over 70 feet long. Made of 183 tons of steel, it took more than two years to create and install. Another piece, “Inverted House of Cards,” is a counterpart to his earlier work, “House of Cards.” The latter is displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, while the former can be seen at LACMA.

At UCLA’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, Serra’s sculpture “T.E.U.C.L.A.” was installed in 2006. A part of his “Torqued Ellipse” series, the immersive sculpture is a significant addition to the campus’s Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden. With a large opening that allows people to walk inside the walls of the sculpture, it offers visitors a unique experience.

In Costa Mesa, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts features Serra’s monumental sculpture “Connector.” Standing at 65 feet tall and weighing 360 tons, the pentagonal structure was created in Serra’s signature style with weathered steel plates. Visitors are invited to walk around and through the imposing structure, experiencing it up close and personal.

In San Diego, Serra’s “Santa Fe Depot” consists of six cube-like structures made of weatherproof steel. Positioned outside the historic Santa Fe Depot at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the staggered cubes weigh a total of 156 tons. The future of these structures is uncertain as the museum plans to sell its downtown location.

At the Museum of Contemporary Art, an untitled piece from 1976 by Serra, consisting of a trapezoidal plate made of weatherproof steel weighing 1,300 pounds, is on display. Additionally, Serra spent decades working at the Gemini G.E.L. artists’ workshop, where he created prints and drawings. A series of his “notebook drawings” featuring dark shapes on a white background, reflecting his minimalist style, is currently being exhibited at Gemini G.E.L. until April 5, showcasing some of Serra’s final works.

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