Tilted Arc was a controversial public art installation by Richard Serra, displayed in Foley Federal Plaza in Manhattan from 1981 to 1989.
The artwork consisted of a 120-foot long, 12-foot high solid, unfinished plate of rust-covered COR-TEN steel.
Advocates characterized it as an important work by a well-known artist that transformed the space and advanced the concept of sculpture, whereas critics focused on its perceived ugliness and saw it as ruining the site.
Following an acrimonious public debate, the sculpture was removed in 1989 as the result of a Federal lawsuit and has never been publicly displayed since, in deference to the artist’s wishes.
Richard Serra (born November 2, 1938) is an American minimalist sculptor and video artist known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal. Serra was involved in the Process Art Movement. He lives and works in Tribeca, New York, and on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc