Spanish Police Dig for Richard Serra Sculpture
Date: 4 Jul 2006 | | Views: 9500
MADRID, SPAIN. -
Ten years ago, Richard Serra's Equal Parallel/Guernica Bengasi sculpture, a 38 ton monster, disappeared from an open field where it was placed by authorities of the Reina Sofia Museum. Five days ago, the last hope to find the sculpture vanished when police excavated the garden of Arganda del Rey in Madrid but only found an old electrical tower.
When Reina Sofia director Ana Martinez ordered her staff to produce an inventory, they discovered that the storage company had gone into receivership in 1998. The four 1.5m-wide blocks of solid metal that made up the Serra sculpture had disappeared.
ABC suggested the work may have been sold as scrap or melted down by somebody who did not realise its artistic value. Ms Martinez, however, held out the hope that the piece might still be found. "I don't want to make any guesses," she said. "We still don't know where it is. For Spain and for the museum ... this could be a scandal."