Richard Serra has had his share of interactions with the public. They either adore or despise the massive steel sculptures he's planted in urban environments all over the world -- including St. Louis, which boasts two huge, publicly accessible Serras: one in the Gateway Mall downtown and another in the courtyard of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts on Washington Boulevard. People climb on them, kick them, desecrate them, rally to have them removed, are awestruck by them. Kids seem especially drawn to Serra's work. "Children always have a certain kind of wonderment of these pieces," the artist himself reflects in a sound-file interview posted on the Pulitzer Foundation's Web site. "[They] run into them, they explore them, play with them, play hide-and-seek.... [T]hey don't come to the pieces with any kind of bias, or any... More >>>
By Dirk Reinartz
Nothing a little oxidation can't cure: Serra's "Joe," before it fell prey to all those little fingers.