Trip Switch – More on The Art of Cricket

Another to have their work influenced by a game of cricket while visiting the Squire was Richard Serra.

On their recent trip to the Capital, The Squire took Third Man to see Serra’s freestanding sculpture, Fulcrum, at Broadgate, near Liverpool Street Station.  It is made from five massive pieces of COR-TEN steel precariously leaning against one another.

As the Squire explained, “Do you see, dear fellow, the work dominates both physically and psychologically through the anxiety its size, weight and latent uncertainty provokes in the observer.”

Needless to say, it rained for most of the day when Serra took the field for the Squire’s XI.  The players inevitably resorted to games around the dressing room table and a lively competition arose to find who could construct the highest card-castle.

Another of his work’s, Trip Hammer, is in the Tate Modern

In this work two sheets of steel are delicately balanced in a corner situation.  One stands upright, 2.6 meters high and 1.3 m deep, and balances on an edge only 5cm wide.  The other rests horizontally on this thin edge with its only other means of support provided by minimal contact with the walls.

Again the work relies on the psychological and physical anxiety produced in the mind of the observer … a sensation thoroughly appreciated by every batsman who has ever taken guard in front of three stumps protruding, according to Law 8(2), 71.1 cm above the playing surface with a diameter not less than 3.49 cm nor more than 3.81 cm, on top which two bails of 10.95 cm in length with spigots at each end reside insecurely in shallow grooves.

When the rain eased, Serra knocked up the maquette pictured here with the working title, Trip Switch

The presence of the ball greatly increases the tension, don’t you think?  One day soon the full scale work will take its place proudly in the grounds of the Great House.

Until that time may Third Man recommend Spheres in Toronto Airport.

Breathtaking and just the ticket before a conventional flight.

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