Tangential Circular Negative Line: Michael Heizer


At two thousand metres above sea level, the air is crisper, the light clearer, and the mind calmer. The morning mist is so close it touches your cheeks, and the scale of the world spreading out before you is stunning. High in the Swiss Alps, an arresting work by Michael Heizer brings viewer, valley, mountain, dam and sky into a permanent dialogue of subtle tensions.

Tangential Circular Negative Line is a composition of three circles – the smallest with the largest, the other alongside – each one almost touching, each one very almost on the tangent of the others. Formed robustly in Corten steel, the circles are laid out over several hundred square metres of levelled earth, recessed as negatives and surfaced with local rubble. You walk around them, over them, along the negatives. You gaze across, around and up. You follow curves, you interrupt their flow with your body…

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