Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Richard Long (British, b. 1945)

Chicago Mud Circle, 1996

Mud on wall

Approximately: Diameter: 24 ft. (7.3 m)

Gift of David Meitus

Richard Long work comes from/are inspired by his walks through a range of landscapes across the globe. Unlike many contemporary artists who considered the landscape a canvas to be shaped by heavy machinery, Long sees himself in the role of a custodian of nature. He incorporates materials from his walks into geometric shapes, arranging wood, stone, or mud into lines, circles, or spirals in the gallery space. In this work, mud acquired in Chicago was applied directly to the walls of the MCA, where it has been preserved since 1996. In this union the descriptive clarity of culture contrasts sharply with the exuberant energy of nature.