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Richard Long ORIZABA TO URIQUE RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH
On his first visit to Mexico in 1979, Richard Long, together with fellow artist Hamish Fulton, climbed the country’s highest mountain, Pico de Orizaba, and visited its deepest canyon, Urique, during one of their iconic walks. His next visit to Mexico was in 1987, for a walk in Sierra Tarahumara, during which he made the important photographic and text work, Thirty Seven Campfires.
Long's current exhibition of all new work at acclaimed architect Luis Barragán’s iconic modernist landmark, Cuadra San Cristóbal, marks the first time the leading international sculptor has created work in the metropolitan centre of Mexico City. Using volcanic stone he personally selected from local municipalities, the four sculptures installed for ORIZABA TO URIQUE RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH in the Cuadra's grounds nod to the artist's long standing personal history with Mexico and to the country’s rich agricultural and architectural heritage.