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Gagosian, Prada to Aid ‘Lightning Field’ Preservation

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“The Lightning Field.” (Courtesy Dia)

And in another item from Carol Vogel’s Inside Art column in The New York Times: the Dia Foundation has just begun a campaign to repair and better conserve Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field, originally commissioned by that organization and completed in 1977.

The plan calls for some $400,000 in fund-raising, with Miuccia Prada and Larry Gagosian leading the effort. From the story:

“It’s like a 21st-century Mount Rushmore,” he said in a telephone interview. “Mount Rushmore is like some kind of church, but ‘The Lightning Field’ is more ecumenical, more global.” Mr. Gagosian, knowing Ms. Prada admired Mr. De Maria’s work, called her to see if she would join forces with him.

Restoration should be completed by this time next year.

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