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Study for Actual Size (Munich Depression)

A work made of gelatin silver prints (10) mounted with electrical tape on board.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver prints (10) mounted with electrical tape on board.

Date:

1969

Artist:

Michael Heizer
American, born 1944

About this artwork

In 1969, at the invitation of Munich gallery owner Heiner Friedrich, sculptor Michael Heizer drove a backhoe to dig a pit more than 30 meters in diameter: geometry writ large on the landscape. As an extension of the work, called Munich Depression, Heizer took 360-degree photographs of the 7,000-square-foot pit and used them to prepare a gigantic slide piece, called Actual Size—a 1:1 virtual recreation of Munich Depression that brought his outdoor intervention into an exhibition space. “I think certain photographs offer a precise way of seeing works,” he said as he was preparing this photo work. “You can take a photograph into a clean white room, with no sound, no noise. You can … possibly experience to a greater depth whatever view you have been presented with.”

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Artist

Michael Heizer

Title

Study for Actual Size (Munich Depression)

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1969

Medium

Gelatin silver prints (10) mounted with electrical tape on board

Dimensions

14 × 204.5 cm (overall image, appro×.); 24 × 204.5 cm (overall paper, appro×.); 49.8 × 225.4 × 2.5 cm (19 5/8 × 88 3/4 × 1 in., frame)

Credit Line

Gift of the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation

Reference Number

2013.20

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