THE MOUND OVER THE BURIAL VAULT
At the same time huge new planes were being built. I required more
As my ideas developed I defied gravity without trying.
Things felt uniquely American in size and measurement.
I didn't know much
I had built something as big as a building, greater in length than
Size is real. Scale is imagined size.
You don't have to design
Tame something wild to complete the cycle. A rough wild rock might fall
We found the rock water-
Physical truth is isolation of material from source.
The only way out is to create
It wasn't big enough. I kept working.
Note: these words are adapted from Julia Brown's interview with the artist, Michael Heizer, published in Sculpture in Reverse (Museum of Contemporary Art, 1984).
Living in Nevada, in visible, geological time, expanded my sense of life's scale, and opened up new poetries to me. For me, Michael Heizer's art and language react powerfully with a desert sense of time—space: huge, graceful gestures, slowly (or rapidly, maybe) decomposing under the sun, dwarfed by the geology they're made of. You should look into his work. Sculpture in Reverse is a good place to start, if you can find a copy, or [this website], which includes good, detailed directions to the site of his amazing, accessible work, "Double Negative."