Installed as a site-specific work, Robert Irwin’s prismatic column transforms the gallery by refracting light that shines through the windows, and images of people walking by. What is Irwin inviting us to think about? Is it the environment that surrounds us, or is it how we transform it?
Robert Irwin, untitled, 1969-70, cast acrylic column. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase in honor of Jackie and Rea Axline. © Robert Irwin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann.