All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. – Friedrich Nietzsche

While wandering through the trees and dappled sunlight on a spring afternoon, Richard Long points to a young Japanese maple tree. He describes how it grew from a surviving offshoot after the original tree was destroyed by the 1987 hurricane, and how its brilliant colour inspired his Red Walk, recording his encounters with the colour in the west of England. A revealing anecdote for the often enigmatic origin of his ideas.

In 1967, aged just 22, Long challenged the parameters of artistic ...


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