"Torqued Ellipse VI" (1999)

"Torqued Ellipse VI," 1999
Installation at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilboa, Spain
Weatherproof steel, 13 feet 8 1/2 inches x 33 feet 5 1/2 inches x 19 feet 8 1/4 inches. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Jerry Leiber, 1985. Photo by Dirk Reinartz, Buxterhude
Courtesy Gagosian Gallery, New York

"I'm more interested in the poetics, the vastness of the seas say, than I am of the desert. And I'm more interested in the ocean as a way of thinking about space than I am about urbanness. I'm interested in the largeness of the ocean, I'm interested in the Aurora Borealic feeling of the ocean. I'm interested in the sensibility of the ocean, and I'm interested in ships. But I'm not interested in ships to make sculptures that look like ships. I mean, that's way too simplistic. On the other hand, if there's an underlying core of poetry that I go to, I go to the sea."

- Richard Serra